Domain/Domain, a solo exhibition by Cecilia Salama at New York’s The Java Project, September 26 to October 15, 2015, explored the overlapping spaces of our private lives through sculptural installation. Her bright and fashionable aesthetic combines printed photography processed into stiffened fabrics. Focusing on digital motifs of the home office/gym, close-ups of office mats, zip ties, and pull-up bars the work is abstracted into painterly collage that seeks to place the body in a fluid space between the IRL and URL.
Most of the works drape around the space, hanging from the wall and ceiling. A luminous blue coloured piece of material titled ‘Koi’ sags down like flesh. Draped like clothing or curtain, the multicoloured digital motifs titled ‘Romance’ and ‘Afterparty’ are moulded into an organic shape. Placed on the floor, ‘Shmurda Rebel Chinx’ takes its name from a combination of trap songs in an attempt to “gunkify” its reading.
The floor looks like a choreography of bodies that interact through a lack of intimacy with one another. In an interview with Chloe Dewberry, Salama reflected on her interest in new methods of human communication: “Every time I got something on Craigslist, I would think that perhaps I’d become friends with the person I was buying something from… is that kind of craving for human interaction normal?” Unsure of whether or not these spaces are a source of comfort and potential, the exhibition seems to remain unresolved, resting in a bipolar relationship with the new platforms that house our bodies.**
Exhibition photos, top right.