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Project Space | March 10 - July 8, 2022

 

Erratum surveys the construct of border identities from their perceived failures, exploring the ideas of error and glitch as continuous states of existence and tools for resistance. Parting from the private to the public, different narratives emerge and converge in the invisibility and hypervisibility of a disrupted atmosphere. Media representations of the complex border enclave create a fragmented reality– a simulated world through disconnected images. 

Alejandra Aragón uses technique and process to reveal and vindicate the underlying error with a multidisciplinary approach that oscillates between documentary, archive, and fabrication. Her practice pushes the fact/fiction dichotomy to explore intimate narratives and their connection to the collective experience.  

Organized around intersecting axes that inform, fracture, and transform border identity, Erratum examines state, body, and memory in their relationship to territory.

Memory-state-territory: Dystopian fantasy materializes in post-industrial landscapes, deserted and remote in La Grieta at the Edge of the World.  Deconstructing and diluting the image through various exercises that range from the visual, the performative, and the material, Aragón explores the dissolution of the border territory parting from the Mexican side which she believes holds the condition of “error.” Aragón uses intentional glitches in a process of transgression and fragmentation, raising questions of what constitutes the oppositional understanding between the virtual and the physical, revealing the infrastructure of the disembodied, and playing with ideas of artificiality. 

Body-state-territory: Simulating the stills of a film, Autoretrato premonitorio rejects corporeal representation and resists impositions upon the body. Reflecting on her experience growing up in a decade marked by femicides, Aragón rejects the burden of violence placed on the hypervisibilized and misrepresented female body and breaks from it. Instead, text becomes memory and body is territory. The intimate experience of the private becomes the collective experience of public space. 

Alejandra Aragón  is from Ciudad Juárez, México. Holds two degrees in Visual Arts and Business from the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez (UACJ). She was part of the Photography Production Seminar of the Image Center in México City in 2017. From 2013-2020 she participated in several group exhibitions throughout Mexico, South America, Canada and Europe. Her documentary film Invisible Nights was part of the "Coordenadas" program of the Ambulante Film Festival in 2018. She was awarded the Mexican arts grant (FONCA) in 2019. She was part of the Joop Swart Master Class of 2020 and a recipient of the 2020 Border Narrative Change Grant from NALAC.

Through a multidisciplinary process using video, audio, photography and found images, her work explores how the territory determines the experience and identities of border regions from a trans-feminist de-colonial stance.

 

Arelí Rocha was raised in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. She resides in New York City where she is currently pursuing graduate studies at New York University in Media, Culture, and Communication with a focus on technology and visual culture. Rocha holds a dual-major B.A. with Honors from The University of Texas at El Paso in Art History and Graphic Design.  She has curated two previous exhibitions for the Rubin Center including Community Through Action: Site, Service Subject  (2016), and Tangential Intimacies co-curated with Rachel Jackson (2017). Rocha has held various positions in art spaces in El Paso, Marfa, and New York City