Littman Gallery

ghosts & venus
maximiliano + rise x fall


October 4 – 26, 2018

Reception: Thursday, October 4, 6-8 PM

Performances
Thursday, October 4, 7 PM
Wednesday, October 17, 6 PM
Wednesday, October 24, 6 PM

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maximiliano 
stays in NE portland, OR. venusian diaspora

rise x fall 
is a ongoing performance - video collaboration between Jaleesa Johnston, Rubén García Marrufo, and maximiliano. rise x fall is veiled bodies as ghosts, as harbingers, to bring the end of empire. haunting. 

Jaleesa Johnston is a mixed media artist currently working in Portland, OR. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work explores the ruptured and queer existence of the black female body as both subject and object through performance, video, photography, sculpture and collage. Working with her body as material, Jaleesa uses its malleability and symbolism to conjure new narratives that suggest blackness as a liminal site for personal and communal transformation. She is particularly concerned with articulating gestures of the body as a fragmented language that can be used to voice narratives of fugitivity, resistance and freedom. https://jaleesajohnston.com/home.html 

Rubén García Marrufo is a Mexican filmmaker and an american installation artist currently living in the United States. His work focuses on borders, their aftermaths and bilinguality. Blurring the line between reality and fiction by narratives that are rooted in hearsay and multiple languages. The landscapes and subjects in his work portray struggle and trauma but also courage. Marrufo has produced both feature length and short experimental videos, which have exhibited in Mexico and the US including film work presented at Artist Space in NYC, Kunstverein in Munich and Disjecta
in Portland. http://www.rubengarciamarrufo.mx/

 
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