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Intergalactix: against isolation/contra el aislamiento
Exhibition dates: May 15 -Aug 14, 2021
The Fire Theory, Tanya Aguiñiga, Cog•nate Collective, and a special collaboration between Beatriz Cortez, Kaqjay Moloj and FIEBRE Ediciones.
Personal maps by: Amitis Motevalli, Helena Braunštajn, Ingrid Hernández and Adán Vallecillos
Collective maps by: Cog•nate Collective with Norma Iglesias Prieto, Dignicraft, Ricardo Dominguez, David Avalos, Amy Sara Carroll, Mariana Chavez and Sayak Valencia. Adán Vallecillo with Dalia Chevez, Claudia Sevilla and Jorge Linares.
Intergalactix: against isolation/contra el aislamiento is a diasporic research and exhibition that brings together artworks examining the violence that is generated from physical and conceptual borders, and severe immigrant policies. With this perspective, the exhibition presents a counterpart–the many forms of resistance built collectively across regions–intended to establish a platform of exchange and dialogue among artists, poets, activists, curators and writers from different areas and practices against isolation.
The exhibition focuses on both the southern border between Central America and Mexico and the northern border between Mexico and features commissioned work by The Fire Theory, Tanya Aguiñiga, Cog•nate Collective, and a collaboration between Beatriz Cortez, Kaqjay Moloj and FIEBRE Ediciones.
Borders are a historic tool for segregation, isolation, and discrimination. In our contemporary moment, the border has become the ultimate machine of necropolitics (the politics of death) and the nullification of the human body, especially in the United States. As a response to border systems, the “struggle for life” has been manifested in many different ways. Historically artists have contributed to the fight against the power of the borders that perpetuates global necropolitics and bodily oppression.
Isolation is a strategy to attack and debilitate the intergalactixs, our coalitions, our collective life, and our cosmic condition that connect humans with all living forces. The loss of land (destierro), being dispossessed, erasure, displacement, and unrooted, are actions towards human isolation, against collectivity. It is not a coincidence that detention centers along U.S. borders are designed to isolate and degrade humans and criminalize the human condition of mobility. Intergalactix listens to the heart of the Americas, Central America and spirals into Mexico and the diasporas in the US.
The concept of intergalactix comes from the Zapatista indigenous rebellion in the south of Mexico, who have built autonomous communities of resistance since 1994 in remote locations. In 1996, the Zapatistas called for an “Encuentro Intergaláctico” (Intergalactic Gathering), a forum in defense of humanity and against neoliberalism that summoned the attendance of any life form in and out of our galaxy. This encuentro is considered a watershed moment in global movements, like the Battle of Seattle protest at the World Trade Center in 1999.
As a long-term research project, Intergalactix maps genealogies of artistic collective and collaborative practices in border zones and their extensions, using as a point of departure the implementation of NAFTA in 1994 and its neoliberalist politics and practices. Maps have been traced collectively through encuentros (gatherings) in different cities of Central America, Mexico and U.S.
The genealogies presented in Intergalatix will function as a root system to the exhibition honoring the work of many artists and activists that have worked with these issues for many years.
During the last 41 years, LACE has supported this intergalactix spirit through exhibitions such as Destination L.A. by Border Art Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo BAW/TAF (1991), Art Against Empire: Graphic Responses to U.S. Interventions Since W.W.II (2010) and El Salvador, organized by the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) and Doug Humble (1981). The legacy continues with Intergalactix, to extend the transversality between these artists and activist and current practices.
“El legado continúa con Intergalactix, para extender los cruces transversales en el arte contemporáneo.”
-Daniela Lieja Quintanar
Documentation done by Yubo at OfPhoto Studio
OBJETO ANTIGUO HANDOUT
As part of the collaboration between Kaqjay Moloj, Comunidad Kaqchikel, FIEBRE Ediciones, Beatriz Cortez, and LACE, we are presenting this free publication, “Objecto Antiguo”, inspired by the Altar of Kaqjay. The Objeto Antiguo (ancient object) exists in the community of Kaqchikel in Guatemala, but also simultaneously as a part of “Intergalactix”. The Altar contains “k’u’x” , an energy that flows across time and space connecting all versions of itself.
Support for Intergalactix: against isolation/contra el aislamiento is provided by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the California Arts Council, Karen Hillenburg, and the National Performance Network. Initial research funding was provided by the Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellowship.
Curatorial Assistant: Jocelyn Lopez- Anleu
Associate Researcher: Claudia Pretelin
This exhibition is a part of the Se habla español program at LACE. To view more bilingual projects, click here.
Exhibition graphics by Carolina Ibarra-Mendoza. Image: Tanya Aguiñiga, Metabolizing the Border, 2020. Performance. Photo by Gina Clyne. Courtesy of the artist.