Multichannel video projections onto parasitic, bomb-like sculptures activate MediaNoche’s architecture. Images of mass rallies and marching soldiers are juxtaposed to a man’s body, floating in dark, indeterminate waters. The sculptures act as bodies themselves, simultaneously inhabiting the physical space of the gallery and the projections of the sea, a dark field of liquid that alludes to contamination or oil. It should be noted that the English translation of Aguasmalas also references the private military company Blackwater, contracted by the US government to provide security services in Iraq.
The single, isolated body drifts, unattached, at the edge of an unidentified coast, and is interspersed with footage from the 2007 presidential inauguration of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua. Clips of the recent uprising in Managua following municipal elections, and the bombing of Iraq, serve to reframe locally occurring issues within a transnational context.
According to artist Patricia Villalobos Echeverría "Aguasmalas questions the body's ties to location while overturning notions of stability for both site and body within the context of globalization and post-capitalism."
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Recent individual exhibitions include Aflujo•Afflux at Artist Image Resource (Pittsburgh) and Laura Mesaros Gallery, (Morgantown, West Virginia), 2006; Alamar (Asea) at PROYECTO’ACE (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2006; Hoverings at Artist Image Resource (Pittsburgh), 2005. Notable group exhibitions include the Third International Biennale for the Artist’s Book 2008 (Alexandria, Egypt), 2008; EntreMuros / BetweenWalls (Miami and Guanajuato, Mexico), 2008; IX International Cuenca Biennial in Ecuador, 2007; Point of View at Gallery MC (New York), 2007; Falun Triennial at Dalarnas Museum (Falun, Sweden), 2007; International Print Triennial (Krakow, Poland & Oldenburg, Germany), 2006. Patricia Villalobos Echeverría lives in Pittsburgh, PA and is a Professor of Art at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. More information on the artist’s work can be found at www.patriciavillalobos.com.
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