October, 2021 – March, 2022
Los Angeles-based artists rafa esparza and Timo Fahler are developing were-:Nenetech Forms for, in, and about the Sonoran Desert borderlands. The exhibition project, which contributes to and intervenes into Chicano art history, includes sculpture, sound works, photographs, and drawings by the artists and collaborators and is presented simultaneously at MOCA Tucson and the University of Arizona’s Joseph Gross Gallery. were-:Nenetech Forms, a title that includes the Nahuatl term for “twinning” and signals both to Latinx history and the technological future, involves an experimental residency phase in Tucson for esparza, Fahler, and collaborating artists. During this period, the artists will work with local partners and UA faculty and students to ultimately produce installations and related public programs. Central to were-:Nenetech Forms is the concept of biomimicry: the process by which organic strategies are used to solve human problems. Just as aerospace engineers have studied birds to inform aircraft design, here the natural landscape–its flora and fauna–is examined to develop survival techniques for migrants. While visual art is central to this multidisciplinary exhibition, it will also include poetry, storytelling, philosophy, and geography to produce a rich, collective exploration of cultural and ecological subjects central to life in the borderlands.