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20.10.2017

Dysfunctional Formulas of Love

The Box, Los Angeles, California, USA
September 17, 2017 – November 4, 2017

Artists: Andrés Felipe Uribe, Andrés Matute, Beatriz Eugenia Díaz, Breyner Huertas, Carlos Bonil, Carolina Caycedo, Corazón Del Sol, Eider Yangana, Eusebio Siosi, Gabriel Mejía, Gala Porras-Kim, Henry Palacio, Jennifer Rojas, Juan Guillermo Tamayo, Julio Giraldo, Liliana Vélez, Lorena Espitia, María Angélica Madero, María Buenaventura, María Isabel Rueda, María Mercedes Salgado, Mario Llano, Milena Bonilla, Mugre, Nicolás Vizcaíno, Richard Bent Cano, Tupac Cruz, Vanesa Ortiz, Víctor Albarracín Llanos, William Contreras Alfonso, Wilson Díaz, Yaron Michael Hakim

Dysfunctional Formulas of Love brings together 32 Colombian artists in order to create a complex territory of thoughts and strategies to redefine power relationships, making room for a life in which power is not expressed as oppression but as an acceptance to otherness.

We are navigating themes of dysfunction by making liminal spaces and inhabiting cracks and gaps. The Box will become a portal, excavated through our small radioactive gestures. Some artists will be present during the show, helping to shape the space, while others will be working through proxies – Los Angeles based artists who have agreed to act on their behalf. We like the notion of “Remnant Volition” as conceptualized by Tupac Cruz (an artist in this show). A volition survives the expectations of its result when we abdicate control and send intentions through time and space.

Our individual artworks will sit around the gallery’s periphery surrounding a perpetually changing central space. Throughout the middle of the gallery, over the course of the exhibition, we will collectively build a portal for visitors to enter and explore. As artists, we are constantly excavating portals through layers of reality to create spaces for dreams and experiences that do not normally have platforms. Each creative gesture expands the possibility of what it can be; the portal becomes a metaphor for the possible.

We are working together to understand the forces of violence, patriarchy, resource extraction and colonization that deeply affect the geographies of our home and our psyches. How do we leverage our trauma and use it for circumspection and subversion within this dysfunctional system we inhabit?

Artists in this exhibition attempt to answer this question in a range of idiosyncratic and tender ways, turning the spaces between our bodies into deltas.

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