Elena Bajo: With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch)

Santa Monica, California

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Opening reception: Saturday, February 1 from 6 - 9pm

January 13 - March 28, 2014
Main Gallery

As Artist Lab Resident at 18th Street Arts Center, anarchistic and ecosophistic artist Elena Bajo will develop a site-specific body of work. In With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch), Bajo continues to investigate the “sculptural anarchive” of suppressed political histories, extending her research to the geopolitical context of California. By examining botanical, topographical, and textual elements as past subject matter, the layers of the everyday and the specific temporality of social encounters born out of the Center's residency, a meta-narrative will unfold as an emancipatory and autonomous form of the present.

Bajo further explores the articulation of negative spaces left by post-Fordist capitalism's social forms into artworks instrumentalizing anarchist secret codes, magic spells, that embody both material propositions and imaginary speculations. She simultaneously contemplates local indigenous shamanistic methods of political disidence, the universal history of magic, and the continuous effort of current political systems to suppress these practices via colonization and witch-hunting, revealing fragments of stifled political histories of revolutionary women.

During her residency, the exhibition space will be in constant flux striving to establish an environment where new spells will be cast and new historical elements will be undertaken. By examining the relationship of shamanistic practices and resonant cosmologies, With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch) seeks to dissipate political structures exposing the exercise of intention, through the performative sculptural act. Replicating brewing a witch's concoction, objects, historical texts, and ethereal participatory elements will be stirred and amalgamated into an experimental theater of repetition and simultaneity.

Curated by Anuradha Vikram and Nicole Rademacher

Invited Artist Intervention during Opening:

Warren Neidich, curated by Isabelle Le Normand

Sean Raspet, curated by Amanda Hunt

Related events through out February and March:

Interventions/Conversations: Invited local artists cast spells in bi-weekly interventions

Performances: Invited local performers create choreographies and scripts by interpreting an anarchist manifesto
Object crafting: Local artisans fabricate and craft objects, interpreting historical public domain images

Publication: A book of spells, a compilation of a proposed series of anarcho-chronisms, anarcho-graphisms and anarcho-sculptures, will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.

Elena Bajo’s Artist Lab Residency at 18th Street Arts Center and all associated events have been made possible through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.