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Decussate: Work by Anna Tsouhlarakis and Coco Café

Mountain View College - Cliff Gallery

Cliff Gallery, Mountain View College, is honored and pleased to announce Decussate, work by Anna Tsouhlarakis and Coco Café. 

On view March 4 – 29, 2019

dec·us·sate; verb:  (of two or more things) cross or intersect each other to form an X.  

Decussate explores the crossroads met as two artists living and working in two different cities, individually and uniquely investigate two separate groups of people missing and disappeared.  Through performance art (live and video documentation), drawing, and field recordings, both artists investigate the intersection of personal histories and the questions that arise in the process of investigating the lives of the disappeared.   

Anna Tsouhlarakis - Portraiture of Native women has been historically flooded by Western definitions and ideologies. “Trace” focuses on social media and selfies to explore how Native women have evolved ideas of portraiture and how that documentation has grown to be a marker of themselves and their culture.  Across the continent, missing posters that inundate Native communities are created using this form of portraiture.  The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s movement has grown from this epidemic.  In the past months, selfies have been solicited from Indigenous women from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  Almost a hundred of those selfies are seen in the video as the artist attempts to draw them.  As marks build, the photos become harder to decipher and the drawings are a mass of line that hint at the faces, the eyes, the women.   

Coco Café - On September 26, 2014, Forty-three indigenous students from the Ayotzinapa Rural School were disappeared by the Guerrero State Police.  It is currently estimated that more than 200,000 individuals have been disappeared in Mexico through state-sponsored genocide and collaboration with local Narco factions.  In the moment of learning about Ayotzinapa, I resumed my search for my biological father who my mother said was from a small town west of Acapulco, Guerrero.  This is the first presentation of the resulting body of work created 2015-2017, which documented the public and private search for my family in Guerrero alongside of the movement for justice and reconciliation for the desaparecidos in Mexico.  The exhibition includes performance documentation, field recordings, performance transcripts, journal entries, and ephemera. 

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