Curated by Debra Scacco
Rebecca Bruno, veronique d’entremont, Joel Garcia, iris yirei hu, Beatriz Jaramillo, Nova Jiang, Elana Mann, Britt Ransom, Debra Scacco
Presented by Air.
In Los Angeles, CA
Song of the Cicada examines conscious reemergence. Through painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and video, these nine artists examine the past, present and future of our relationship with living ecosystems.
Since March 2020, the world has changed like no other time in living history. We have faced a global pandemic, righteous uprising and insurrection, set to a backdrop of a war between fact and fiction. We are at a crossroads, with a once in a century opportunity to choose how we emerge. It is a time to ask ourselves hard questions about who we are, what we believe, and how we express those beliefs as we walk through the world together.
Named for the Brood X cicada who hatched by the billions in 2021, Song of the Cicada questions our purpose and intention on this planet. When these cicadas emerge after 17 years underground, they shed their exoskeleton to reveal a tender and vulnerable body. They physically release a ghost of their former selves to fulfill their purpose. This exhibition discusses how we arrived at this moment, as well as ways we may imagine new futures together.
Founded by artist Debra Scacco, Air supports artists who are strategic thinkers, working at the intersection of climate and interconnected concerns. From 2017 through 2021, Air worked in deep collaboration with Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a private non-profit in the Arts District of Los Angeles dedicated to building an inclusive green economy. The project is now evolving, recognizing the impact of research-based artists can be even greater by expanding to work simultaneously with multiple organizations and institutions. Air initiates climate-focused work in five core areas: residencies, exhibitions, education, talks and happenings. Please visit AirProjects.Art for more information.
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