Aggression September 9th - October 14, 2017
An Exhibition about Community
Curated by Laura A.L. Wellen
Artists talk: October 14, 2017
A talk with James Sullivan, Hellen
Ascoli, Reyes Josué Morales and Laura A. L. Wellen.
Acts of Aggression considers the many ways we
construct and process experiences of community, especially within dystopic
day-to-day realities. From affective processes of remembrance, solitude, play,
misunderstanding, collaboration, and care, we experience myriad forms of
encounter in our interactions with others. Through these shifting points of
contact, connection, and disconnection, we outline the (ever-changing)
parameters of our communities and define our own situations within them.
Working 20 years after the official end of Guatemala's civil war, the 11
artists in Acts of Aggression navigate the reconciliation of historic with
ongoing violence, challenge political amnesia, care for self and others, and
build strategies for working through and around disastrous systemic failures.
Acts of Aggression looks to small gestures, conversations, and ways of being to
suggest their deep political relevance and argues that our attempts (and
failures) to connect to each other constitute a resilience that has significant
ramifications for how we might face the aggressive present.
Esvin Alarcón Lam,
Jorge de León,
Reyes Josué Morales,