Fragmentos para una historia del olvido / Fragments for a history of displacement
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Fragmentos para una historia del olvido / Fragments for a history of displacement, 2018, installation, Courtesy of the artist.

The Windows Invitational at the Davis Museum engages artists in transforming the dramatic expanse of floor-to-ceiling windows that articulate the lobby and courtyard plaza of our signature Rafael Moneo building.


Daniela Rivera’s installation, the second in a series of annual commissions, is born of the artist’s own experience as an immigrant and regards “the loss of the habitual.” She has fitted salvaged doors with optical lenses and audio speakers to explore “the many personal stories of immigration and the loss of familiarity of one’s environment.”  The installation includes an eight channel audio piece designed by Jenny Olivia Johnson.


Rivera (b. 1973, Santiago, Chile) describes herself as an experimental painter, whose work is as likely to take shape through video, photography, and installation as it is to find form through the expectable medium of paint on canvas. She holds a BFA from the Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago (1996), an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2006), and was a Fellow at the Skowhegan School in Maine (2006). Rivera was a finalist for the Foster Prize in 2010, and presented a major trans-medial installation, The Andes Inverted, at the MFA Boston in 2017-18.


Special thanks to Melchor Becker for his assistance in the studio.


Special thanks for sharing their memories and voices to:







Juan Carlos

Juan Manuel



The Windows Invitational is organized by Lisa Fischman, Ruth Gordon Shapiro 37 Director, and presented with generous support from Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis.