Elena Bajo (day + night)

Cosmic Distress Series – A Garden of Air and Water, 2020
Found plastic bags, plant, soil

Cosmic Distress Series" r.p.m (Respirations per minute), 2020
Video 4k, color, sound, 3m 50s

I am presenting two artworks that are related though one is an installation on a tree (visible both days) and the second one is a video projection only visible on Saturday night.

Artist Statement
Elena Bajo’s artistic practice weaves in both personal and political narratives into materials and movements that generate new compositions. Her multidisciplinary practice occurs at the intersection of anarchist thought, social ecology and metaphysics,engaging ideas of nature, and the body as a political and social entity questioning its relationship to ecologies of capital. She works both individually and collectively, using choreography, sculpture, performance, architecture, life sciences, text and video. Concept-generated and research based is concerned with the ecological, social and political dimensions of everyday spaces, the strategies to conceptualize resistance, the poetics of ideologies, and the relationship between temporalities and subjectivities. Exhibition spaces become art laboratories, where an experimental, performed work unfolds. The resulting works are both conceptual and poetic, they are linked to cognitive labor, a labor that has no limits cannot be valued as it is the condition of precarious work in today’s neoliberal economy generated amidst ecosophical moments of fracture, in an attempt to entertain fissures in a world of crystallized sensibility.

Biography
Elena Bajo is a Spanish-American artist, choreographer and cofounder of the LA collective D’CLUB dedicated to climate action. She has an MFA from Central Saint Martins, London, a Master in Genetic Architecture from ESARQ, Barcelona, and a degree in Pharmacology, Complutense University, Madrid. She studied Laban & Bartenieff Movement at TanzFabrik, Center for Contemporary Dance, Berlin. She was a co-founder of the temporary art project EXHIBITION, 2009, NY. She has taught and lectured at Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, Berlin; Goldsmith’s College, London; Rhode Island School of Design, RISD, Providence; and Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield among other institutions. She has exhibited and performed internationally: EFA, NY; Movement Research, NY; APA, Brussels; LAMAG, LA; Blue Project Foundation, Barcelona; Parallel Oaxaca, Mexico; Garcia Galeria, Madrid; Kunsthalle Sao Paulo; Stacion, Pristina, Kosovo; Artium Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria; 44th Salon Nacional de Artistas, Colombia; Annex14, Zurich; Kai 10 Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf; DRAF, London; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; 3rd Mardin Biennial, Turkey, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Performa Biennial, NY; Sculpture Center, NY; She has been awarded residencies at Skowhegan, Maine; ISCP, NY; Ratti Foundation,Como IT; Goldrausch Berlin, DE. She received a New York Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency grant award in 2019; the Audemars Piguet award, ArcoMadrid 2017; the Botin Foundation International Visual Arts Grant award 2018. She has recently released an artist monograph Critical Lexicon of Contemporary Art 2019