Elena Bajo | With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch)


Elena Bajo, 2013, The Cosmic Artisan, Magnifying glass ball, 12 hand carved Datura Stramonium,18 Karat Gold seeds, copper 'tulip', cling film, LED blue light, courtesy of Siegfried Contemporary, London and D+T Project Gallery, Brussels. Photo by Bastien Rousseau

Elena Bajo, 2013, The Cosmic Artisan, Magnifying glass ball, 12 hand carved Datura Stramonium,18 Karat Gold seeds, copper ‘tulip’, cling film, LED blue light, courtesy of Siegfried Contemporary, London and D+T Project Gallery, Brussels. Photo by Bastien Rousseau

Elena Bajo
With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch)
January 13 – March 28, 2014
Main Gallery

Opening reception: Saturday, February 1 from 6 – 9pm
RSVP encouraged: http://burnthewitch.eventbrite.com

As Artist Lab Resident at 18th Street Arts Center, anarchistic and ecosophistic artist Elena Bajo will develop a site-specific body of work. In With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch), anarcho-ecosophist Elena Bajo continues to investigate the “sculptural anarchive” of suppressed political histories, extending her research to California’s geopolitical context. By examining botanical, topographical, and textual elements the layers of the everyday and the specific temporality of social encounters born out of her residency, a meta-narrative will unfold as an emancipatory and autonomous form of the present.

Bajo explores the articulation of negative spaces left by post-Fordist capitalism’s social forms into artworks instrumentalizing anarchist secret codes and magic spells, embodying both material propositions and imaginary speculations. She contemplates local indigenous shamanism as political dissidence, the universal history of magic, and the continuous suppression of stifled histories of revolutionary women by political systems via colonization and witch-hunting.

During her residency, the exhibition space will fluctuate constantly as an environment where new spells will be cast and new historical elements undertaken. By examining the relationship of shamanistic practices to resonant cosmologies, With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch) seeks to dissipate political structures exposing the exercise of intention, through the performative sculptural act. Replicating a witch’s brew, objects, historical texts, and ethereal participatory elements will be stirred and amalgamated into an experimental theater of repetition and simultaneity.

Curated by Anuradha Vikram and Nicole Rademacher

Related events through out February and March specific dates/times TBD:

Performances: Invited local performers create choreographies and scripts by interpreting an anarchist manifesto
Interventions: Invited local artists cast spells in bi-weekly interventions
Object crafting: Local artisans fabricate and craft objects, interpreting historical public domain images

A book of spells, a compilation of a proposed series of anarcho-chronisms, anarcho-graphisms and anarcho-sculptures, will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.

Elena Bajo’s Artist Lab Residency at 18th Street Arts Center and all associated events have been made possible through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.