The group exhibition Water from the Nile at Mexico City’s Lodos Gallery ran from November 27, 2015, to January 17, 2016, and featured works by Darja Bajagić, Jake Cruzen, DeSe and Joseph Geagan. Each artist presented one work, a combination of video, sculpture and mixed media.
Bajagić’s ‘Blood Amy’ (2015) tapes a laser print of two young girls taking a selfie onto a square shaped box of plaster covered in acrylic-latex. Taking up a large portion of the adjacent wall is ‘untitled’ (2015), an oil painting of a horse by Cruzen. Opposite, a monitor hangs on a wall and plays DeSe’s ‘#DONTJUDGEMEBYE’ (2015), a looping HD video that lasts 19-seconds and uses the soundtrack ‘Turn Down For What‘ by DJ Snake and Lil Jon. Geagan’s ‘Lorelei Luna’ (2015) is a sculptural object made from a variety of materials, and sits awkwardly in the middle of the room. The nightmarish figure is hard to place, with chicken wire holding together an abstract form.
The works all feel as though they have travelled a far way from their original reference point, using collage and editing in some capacity to piece together fragmentary elements and calling attention to the multifaceted ways in which we claim our fixed identities.**
Exhibition photos, top right.