Precipitation for an Arid Landscape
Precipitation for an Arid Landscape is the first East Coast presentation of the work of Los Angeles–based artist Gala Porras-Kim. The exhibition is centered around three recent works: All Earth Energy Sources are Known to Come from the Sun (2019); Asymptote Towards an Ambiguous Horizon (2020), which will be premiered for the first time; and Precipitation for an Arid Landscape (2021), a newly commissioned project. Each work explores the preservation efforts that stem from a unique cultural heritage site, considering how the creation, acquisition, conservation, study, display, description, and circulation of art and cultural artifacts construct sets of behaviors, norms, and rituals, and how these modalities narrate a sense of history, identity, and even current social relations.
In addition to contemplating the origins of these artifacts, the exhibition traces their life cycles to understand how the different communities through which each artifact transits imbue new meaning into the objects, and conversely, how those contexts construct systems of belief and other ideologies. In doing so, the exhibition views museums, galleries, and monuments under a different lens, analyzing how they act as active participants in the production of contemporary social reality, and thus, are never neutral. As a point of departure, each body of work tries to define not the nature of the object itself but to find the very limit of knowledge that circulates it. By holding this tolerance, the exhibition proposes a novel ground from which to establish a new basis of care.
Through these cases, Porras-Kim reframes the stories behind the objects, giving them a second life, and raising the questions: How do objects speak and for whom, or for what purpose?
Precipitation for an Arid Landscape is curated by Ruth Estevez and Adam Kleinman.
This exhibition is organized and produced by Amant with cooperation of KADIST. Part of the research for this exhibition was done by the artist as part of the Radcliffe Fellowship program 2019-2020 at Harvard University.
About the artist
Gala Porras-Kim is an artist born in Bogota and based in Los Angeles. Her most recent exhibitions include the Whitney Museum, New York; Palazzo Ca’tron, Venice; PinchukArtCentre, Kiev (all 2019); Seoul Museum of Art (2018); LACMA, Los Angeles (2017); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Triangle France, Marseilles (2015). She was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2019 and is the last recipient of the Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University. In 2020-21, her work will be featured at the Gwangju Biennale and the São Paulo Biennial.