Adrian Aguilera and Betelhem Makonnen: yo soy aquí / i am here

ICOSA Presents
yo soy aquí / i am here
Adrian Aguilera and Betelhem Makonnen
___

“yo soy aquí / i am here” is a collaborative exhibition that is the result of a nine-month conversation between the artists Adrian Aguilera and Betelhem Makonnen. Deliberately playing with the Spanish language’s distinction

between estar and ser as different understandings of the verb “to be”, Aguilera and Makonnen present works in collage, objects, video, and multimedia installation that proposes an ontological, as well as a spacial exploration of our relationship to here (space + time).

In their exhibition “yo soy aquí / i am here”, Aguilera and Makonnen appropriate NASA images in order to connect what was originally meant as omnipotent documentation of our planet to a more holistic view of our “Spaceship Earth”, reminding us that we are all fellow passengers on this spinning rock, swinging through the solar system on a spiral arm of the Milky Way as it hurls through a starry universe. Pulling from history, physics, diasporic time travel, and the dialogue between analogue and digital, Aguilera and Makonnen share with us the immigrant perspective: constant translation, multiple realities, colliding rocks making worlds — the stuff of creation, of an unfamiliar existence emerging from what used to be absolute. Reality is discrete, mutable and born of interaction.

Aguilera and Makonnen invite visitors to consider one’s existence as mobility. Rocks from space become planets, become us, become the screen of our smartphone. Once on Earth, these extra-terrestrial rocks — billion-year-old clocks — give birth to life, and are in turn changed by organic processes. An immigrant's perspective, like a page ripped from an atlas or an image from space, reveals a bigger here: multiple time frames, folds and cuts that form unexpected connections. Looking back at Earth from the perspective of a space traveler (a migrant from Earth) one realizes that I am where I am — soy donde estoy [aquí] — and I am here. We form the place where we are, and we are formed by it. Like the rocks (them) that fell from outer space (there) and birthed a planet, a process of tangible transformations and omnidirectional translations made us and here.
___

Exhibition dates: September 23 - October 29, 2017
Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 12 - 5pm or by appointment
For appointments, email: info@icosacollective.com,
or call: (512) 920-2062

▼ Show More Information

702 Shady Ln, 78702
Austin
23 September , Saturday 19:00

More Events Nearby

 11 February , Sunday
 Frank Erwin Center, Austin
 10 February , Saturday
 Austin School of Film, Austin
 11 February , Sunday
 Austin, TX, United States, Austin
 25 January , Thursday
 Bass Concert Hall, Austin
 03 February , Saturday
 Bass Concert Hall, Austin
 18 February , Sunday
 Austin Marathon, Austin
 25 January , Thursday
 ACL Live, Austin
 03 February , Saturday
 Barracuda Austin, Austin
 10 February , Saturday
 Austin Roller Rink, Austin
 27 January , Saturday
 Empire Control Room & Garage, Austin
 27 January , Saturday
 The Fittest Experience, Austin
 18 February , Sunday
 Frank Erwin Center, Austin
 26 January , Friday
 Cheer Up Charlies, Austin
 17 February , Saturday
 Kingdom Austin, Austin
 24 January , Wednesday
 The Austin Winery, Austin
 11 February , Sunday
 Frank Erwin Center, Austin
 10 February , Saturday
 Palmer Events Center, Austin
 28 January , Sunday
 Bass Concert Hall, Austin
 03 February , Saturday
 Travis County Exposition Center, Austin
 25 January , Thursday
 ACL Live, Austin
 09 February , Friday
 Long Center, Austin
 03 February , Saturday
 Mohawk Austin, Austin
 20 February , Tuesday
 The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, Austin
 25 January , Thursday
 Ironwood Hall, Austin
 17 February , Saturday
 Beerland, Texas, Austin
 03 February , Saturday
 Austin, TX, United States, Austin
 03 February , Saturday
 Bass Concert Hall, Austin
 09 February , Friday
 Paramount Theatre, Austin
 10 February , Saturday
 Empire Control Room & Garage, Austin
 25 January , Thursday
 Vulcan Gas Company,
 27 January , Saturday
 Austin, TX, United States, Austin
 09 February , Friday
 Kingdom Austin, Austin
 20 February , Tuesday
 Cheer Up Charlies, Austin
 10 February , Saturday
 Speakeasy, Austin
 03 February , Saturday
 Austin Bouldering Project, Austin
 02 February , Friday
 Empire Control Room & Garage, Austin