HOW 5 ARTISTS IN HAMMER’S MADE IN LA BIENNIAL ARE USING THEIR WORK TO IMAGINE A BETTER FUTURE – JANELLE ZARA

June 19, 2018 – Artnet news

Installation view of Neha Choksi in “Made in L.A.” at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photo: Brian Forrest.

Installation view of Neha Choksi in “Made in L.A.” at the Hammer
Museum, Los Angeles. Photo: Brian Forrest.

Neha Choksi, Everything sunbright (i) in the womb (ii) lives (iii) ever rehearsing the end * indirectly (2018)

In 2016, Choksi collaborated with dance artist Alice Cummins to create In the Sun’s Rehearsal, a performance in which Cummins tears away at billboard-sized images of a sunset, printed on eight layers of wallpaper.

At the Hammer, video of Cummins’s performance plays within a four-channel installation alongside footage of a home being similarly torn down; of the harsh desert landscapes surrounding Los Angeles; and of schoolchildren who’ve been paired with adults of different professions and instructed to draw images of the sun.

The juxtaposition of these images depicts the sun as both a powerful and terrifying force, but also one that can age and deteriorate, much like the human body. The work as a whole is an anticipation of the inevitable, what Choksi calls the “final fatal sunset,” when it fails to rise again.

There is, however, an undercurrent of optimism: one depiction of a finger, tracing through a pile of black ashes, draws the rays of a new sun…”

HOW 5 ARTISTS IN HAMMER’S MADE IN LA BIENNIAL ARE USING THEIR WORK TO IMAGINE A BETTER FUTURE – JANELLE ZARA

 

 

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