Expanding on ideas manifested in the multidisciplinary practice of Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, The Blessings of the Mystery examines themes of environmental activism, encounters between history and memory, Indigenous rights, and the formation and dissemination of knowledge. Central to the exhibition is The Teaching of the Hands (2020), a new film by Caycedo and de Rozas that recounts the complex histories of colonization, migration, and ecological precarity in West Texas from the perspective of Juan Mancias, Chairman of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas. The exhibition also features Measuring the Immeasurable (2020), a site-responsive installation incorporating both historical and contemporary surveying tools and artifacts used to create parcels of land alongside a selection of objects culled from special collections at The University of Texas at Austin, including the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratories and the Billie L. Turner Plant Resources Center. Through the juxtaposition of original works and objects from...UT Austin’s special collections, The Blessings of the Mystery articulates the complicated and layered histories, connections, and tensions present in West Texas.
Organized by Ballroom Marfa, The Blessings of the Mystery will travel to the Rubin Center at the University of Texas at El Paso in spring 2022 and to Ballroom Marfa in summer 2022.
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