Love Letters: A Human Work
Nov 10th, 2018 – Dec 8th, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 10th, 2018
4PM – 8PM
Thursday through Sunday
12PM – 6PM by appointment or invitation
Maracuyá is pleased to announce its inauguration with the opening of Love Letters: A Human Work, an exhibition showcasing new works by Andrew Roberts, Co- Founder/Director of Deslave. Deploying digitally-inclined media such as 3d printing and computer generated imagery, Roberts navigates appropriation, narrativity, repetition, and corporate strategies to illustrate a grafted fictional universe in which virtual images constitute the only surviving reality.
What would happen if images could love-back? Love Letters: A Human Work situates the viewer in the multimedia universe of Andrew Roberts, one in which the technological systems that once administered life on Earth are now ruins of an extinct human civilization. Trapped there below the vast electro-material cemetery, forgotten avatars and corrupt files seek ways to free themselves of the weight of being images. Roberts proposes love as the only possibility of escape in a narrative that transcends genres, species, sexuality, and monogamy. Through a stimulating exhibition composed of video works, 3d prints, paintings, and PDF poems, Love Letters: A Human Work presents a post-apocalyptic tribe of trans-human furries—who in the company of medieval Disney Princesses—sing and dance to their new god in search of answers to questions such as: Humans to/for who? And, images for what?
The exhibition will be hosted in our main gallery and projection room; refreshments will be served on the balcony during the opening reception. This event is free and open to the public, however we kindly request that you RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maracuyá is an artist residency program and project space dedicated to the advancement of contemporary art. Situated in a quiet beach town outside the vibrant city of Tijuana, Mexico; Maracuyá provides a relaxing place to conduct research, build networks, explore, contemplate, share ideas, and engage in creative work alongside a diverse community of engaged thinkers. Our investment in challenging ideas extends to the artist residency structure as a space of expected production and exhibition; we strive to foster an environment where research and thinking are valued equally to production and exhibition. Private studio visits are available, as well as opportunities to present work to select audiences in the Tijuana–San Diego border area.
Maracuyá’s artist residency program provides artists with 24hr live/work accommodations in our scenic beach-front property 3km from the US–MEX border wall, as well as curatorial and administrative support. The application process is free and open to all. Applications are accepted and reviewed year-round, however priority will be given to artists that apply during the open call cycles. Our first open call cycle is: Oct. 26th, 2018 – Feb 3rd, 2019.
Andrew Roberts (Tijuana, 1995) is a visual artist interested in the industries that use digital images at the center of their operations. He often incorporates the languages of video games, genre films, comics, cartoons, and conceptual games. Growing up in a family with ties to the oil, military and technology industries, Roberts developed an interest in how such industries shape and control entire populations. His creations often take the form of conceptual corporations, immersive installations, films, performances and objects presented as evidence or active agents within his narratives. Absurd but at the same time critically charged, his work takes on the neoliberal mechanisms operating inside Mexican territory: the employment of machines and images in political warfare, the influence of media in the establishment of a visual regime, and the algorithmic administration of humanity.
Roberts’ work has been exhibited individually and collectively at the Tate Modern, Centro Cultural Tijuana; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Photo Cuatro Caminos Museum; CCU Tlatelolco; as well as in various biennials, museums, galleries and artist-run spaces in Tijuana, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Santiago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, and other 14 cities between Mexico and the United States. He is currently the co-director of Deslave, a space for the production and exhibition of art located in Tijuana, Mexico, and is the coordinator of the specialty in Audiovisual Arts at the Altazor Institute. Roberts has received several grants, including the APROART 2016-2017 (CECUT – Secretaría de Cultura); PECDA 2016-2017, a Elias Fontes Collection Grant and the Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo Grant.