Installation Views of Milena Bonilla: Low-Intensity Operations, 2015. Photo Credit: Kelly Barrie.
Milena Bonilla: Low-Intensity Operations
Curated by Victor Albarracin
Low-Intensity Operations is the Colombia-born, Amsterdam-based artist Milena Bonilla's first solo show in the United States. The exhibition brings together, for the first time, various bodies of work produced by Bonilla over the past decade that trace interactions between nature, politics and cultural production. Since the early 2000's, Bonilla's work has explored the dichotomy of the Aristotelian categories of Physis (nature) and Logos (reason). An impossible desire to exert control over this relationship results in political armatures that, above all, seek to limit interactions between systems of living entities. Through a rich repetoire of Marxist references, Kafkian absurdity, and scientific witchcraft, Bonilla opens spaces of revolt to stand against this structural separation between the master and the beast. By using a heterogeneous lexicon that joins science, literature, economy and architecture, her work generates uncanny maps and improbable free zones where every surge becomes a sort of insurgency. In this tension between macro-political brutality and pervasive gestures of natural and linguistic resistance, Bonilla confronts our biased considerations distinguishing life, thought and action. Bonilla has articulated an expansive narrative through her projects, which this exhibition makes legible for the first time. Low-Intensity Operations stages her installations, including two newly commissioned works, as if they were chapters of a single book about life-form, power, territory-making and language-presenting them as a connected exploration.
Carlos Amorales: A Film Trilogy
Curated by Kris Kuramitsu
June 10th - 11th, 2015
June 10th Schedule
Running Time: 21 mins
The Man Who Did All Forbidden Things (2014)
Running Time: 40 mins
June 11th Schedule
The Eye Me Not (2015)
Running Time: 50 mins
Carlos Amorales in conversation with Dr. Josh Kun, Associate Professor, USC