Flux @ Caos Gallery
923 F St. NW Washington DC
October 20, 2012 7PM
In conjunction with Nuit Blanche DC, Jessica N. Bell will be presenting Flux, a temporal exhibition of time-based media, featuring artists Chukwuma Agubokwu, Lara Stein Pardo, Terence Nance, Nyugen Smith, and Mandy Cano Villalobos.
As writer Richard Florida has suggested, economic interconnectivity, realized through globalization, is certainly apparent, but has not made way for equity, especially equity in access, for various demographics of our global society. Through colored lenses, the notions of travel and mobility are heavily drawn along race and class lines. The freedom to move one’s body about, around, and between is nefariously complicit with one’s standing within a given socioeconomic sphere. Access to the freedom of mobility becomes synonymous with ability, ability transforms into a longing for the lack of such, a desire of sorts.
Flux is a visualization of this transformation of mobility into a matter of access. In the exhibition, five contemporary artists will challenge understandings of travel through video works. Lara Stein Pardo, Nyugen Smith, Terence Nance, Chukwuma Agubokwu, and Mandy Cano Villalobos will investigate the politics of movement as it relates to their own aesthetic concerns.
Flux champions the crucible of mobility and access- technology, to magnify the bifurcated effects of globalization, regulated movement and in some cases, social stagnancy. More poignantly, Flux employs the gaze of other-ed individuals to make document existing social attitudes about the power and agency associated with physical, social, and psychological change.
Image: Still from Americans by Mandy Cano Villalobos, 2010.