In conjunction with “Queer Tropics” at Pelican Bomb Gallery X, we’re presenting a program of films exploring landscape, history, and the body.
In conjunction with “Queer Tropics” at Pelican Bomb Gallery X, we’re presenting “Land/Body,” a film program that brings together works by artists Cristina Molina, Carlos Motta, and Geo Wyeth. Continuing the exhibition’s explorations of exoticization, colonialism, and the body, each of the films looks to history and the landscape to consider familial, geographic, and colonial legacies.
Cristina Molina, Ice of the World (2017)
Geo Wyeth, Quartered (2013–14)
Carlos Motta, Nefandus Trilogy (2013)
Cristina Molina’s Ice of the World—part of the artist’s Matriarchs series—takes family as a starting point for examining feminine archetypes, identity, and the threat of coastal erosion. For the artist, matrilineal connections are the basis for making sense of the past, present, and future. In Geo Wyeth’s Quartered, the artist journeys to rural South Carolina, to the hometown of their ancestor J. Marion Sims, a doctor who performed horrific gynecological experiments on enslaved women. Wyeth blends history and mythology, taking the form of a golden shard of light, a character from a tale told by their mother, to reckon with their own biracial identity and family history. And Carlos Motta’s Nefandus Trilogy—also on view at Pelican Bomb Gallery X through February 25—looks back to early encounters between indigenous societies and Spanish and Portuguese colonialists, who began arriving in the soon-to-be-named “Americas” in the 15th century. Motta blends oral traditions, historical documents, and fiction to articulate the ways in which colonialism imposed Christian morality, altering native populations’ relationships to sex and sexuality.
This event is free and open to the public. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Thank you to Second Line Stages for supporting this program.