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CAM Perennial Exhibition Outdoor Screening

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Thursday, March 11, 2021 | beginning at 6:30pm

116 Blue Star

In partnership with Contemporary Art Month, Contemporary at Blue Star hosts an outdoor screening of a selection of videos in the first chapter of the 2021 all-video CAM Perennial exhibition, Here, the river runs both ways, by curator Doreen A. Rios.

Chapter 1: Territory as body

“Our task is to make trouble, to stir up potent response to devastating events, as well as to settle troubled waters and rebuild quiet places.” – Donna Haraway

RECAPTCHA (2020), Heather Warren-Crow, 4:04 min.

Conceptual Migrant (2020), Patty Ortiz, 7:01 min.

Don’t Shhh Me (2020), Patty Ortiz, 3:58 min.

The Romance of Seeking (2020), Hannah Spector, 5:32 min.

Visible nest (2020), Julia Zipporah, 1:00 min.

#BIRDEATINGOTHER (2020), Julia Zipporah, 2:00 min.

Institute of Memory (2015), Daniel Jackson, 2:50 min.

_AnOldRuinousVault_H264 (2021), Daniel Jackson, 2:10 min.

A Love Affair with the Desert (2020), Karen Y. Martínez, 2:55 min.


These artists were selected by CAM guest curator Doreen A. Rios from the CAM Open Call for this presentation after Contemporary at Blue Star’s agreement to serve as a co-host. Patty Ortiz is a member of Contemporary at Blue Star’s Board of Directors and was not selected by Contemporary at Blue Star for participation in this exhibition.


About the 2021 CAM Perennial exhibition:

Here, the rivers run both ways

Curated by Doreen A. Ríos

When thinking about territories it becomes clear that the first one we inhabit is our body. As we keep expanding the definition, we come to terms with the fact that most territories grow outside our skin, yet our need to visualize said territories is very much embedded in our collective imagination through its representation. Uncharted territories that become lines, traces, boundaries. Always in motion, always recreating their behaviors. Navigating real and imagined territories is an act of placing ourselves within a series of moving flows and everchanging landscapes. This exhibition expands on the notion of wandering, the intimate – yet collective – daydreaming and, of course, the cultural mythologies delineated by migration, gentrification, gender, and communication systems. Scripted in two chapters – territory as body and territory as land – this selection reveals a series of unstable and fragmentary cartographies where constant hybridization is key. The visitor becomes a traveler between physical and symbolic territories inside a city that behaves as a dynamic system in flux where art is released into the wild in order to activate other sensibilities outside the white cube.

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