Video and digital film works by five contemporary artists with deep connections to Africa— Yto Barrada, Cláudia Cristóvão, Alfredo Jaar, Georgia Papageorge and Berni Searle—shown in Los Angeles for the first time. Each offers a visually seductive exploration of geology, geography, botany, memory, exile, or loss, especially as these areas of inquiry relate to a world that is simultaneously globalizing and fragmenting. In these compelling works the medium is itself a bearer of meaning. Through the moving image and its ability to create relationships between past and present, space and place, memory and absence, each artist addresses lives in transition and rifts of experience.
The works in Continental Rifts are all being shown in Los Angeles for the first time and include eight photographs from the Iris tingitana series by Yto Barrada, who was born in Paris, grew up in Morocco and now lives in Tangier; Fata Morgana and Le voyage imaginaire (The Imaginary Journey).