The Mistake Room is pleased to present Eduardo Sarabia: Drifting on a Dream—the Los Angeles-born, Guadalajara-based artist’s first solo exhibition in his home city in nearly a decade. Made possible through the support of the Mike Kelley Foundation, and coinciding with the Getty Foundation’s PST: LA/LA initiative, the show brings together a selection of Sarabia’s most iconic past projects with a host of new works.
Organized loosely in three sections that represent recurring characters in the artist’s oeuvre—The Migrant, The Mystic, and The Greater Fool—the exhibition explores the many ways people dream in the in-between; between past and future; between necessity and morality; and between the real and the other-worldly. These interstitial stories allow for a re-engagement with Sarabia’s on-going exploration of narco-culture, immigrant worldviews, and the convoluted pursuit of the American Dream. Drifting on a Dream functions as both an immersive environment and a backdrop for a series of public and private events and happenings, staged as part of the artist’s ongoing production of a new video work. Some of these include a series of “tequila conversations,” thematic film screenings, the reactivation of an expedition company charged with finding Pancho Villa’s lost gold, and the unveiling of a new artist-produced mezcal. Each of these moments bridges an intimate story to broader lived circumstances. That is, they create tangible connections between the profit-driven schemes of nations, corporations, and cartels, and the difficult choices people must make in uncertain times.
Sarabia's practice, like that of a faithful chronicler's, confronts us with truthful, albeit difficult, realities. In his work common stories of the hopeful migrant, the student activist, the successful entrepreneur, the narco, and righteous politician are problematized and presented from multiple perspectives. What emerges is a set of contradictions that speak to the best and worst of our habits--reminding us that often, the world we refute, is one we are complicit in making.
Eduardo Sarabia: Drifting on a Dream is organized by The Mistake Room and curated by Cesar Garcia, TMR's Executive and Artistic Director, with Nicolas Orozco-Valdivia, TMR Curatorial Assistant.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Eduardo Sarabia (b. Los Angeles, 1976) received his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include Plumed Serpent Party, Museo Tamayo (2016); Ballad,Other Criteria, London (2015); Eduardo Sarabia, Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (2014); Tainted, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (2013); and Eduardo Sarabia: Moctezuma’s Revenge, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe (2014) amongst others. His work has also been included in the Whitney Biennial (2008); the Moscow Biennial (2007); and the Prague Biennial (2003). He lives and works in Guadalajara, México.
Eduardo Sarabia: Drifting on a Dream is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.
Additional support is provided by Mark Falcone and Ellen Bruss, joségarcia ,mx, and Páramo.
In-kind support is provided by Casa Dragones, Gladys Tamez, Morillo Shk Fine Arts Logistics, The Paper Palate, and Salvación Mezcal.
Special thanks to Sami Hayek, Danielle Steckler, DJ Lady Sinclar, DJ Lengua, and Los Master Plus.
Photo Credit: Nicolas Orozco-Valdivia. Copyright 2017. The Mistake Room Inc.