Desert X Biennial 2019: Cinthia Marcelle

Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle’s contribution to the Desert X Biennial in Coachella Valley is called “Wormhole”. “Wormhole occupies empty storefronts in the Coachella Valley cities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, Indio, and Coachella as well as one in the city of Tijuana, Mexico. Beyond the glass, a television monitor displays the exterior of one of the storefronts in the grouping. The viewer encounters the wormhole, a shortcut through space and time, creating a kind of physical, temporal, and subjective crossing between spaces. Wormhole “transports” viewers to another location, addressing the close proximity of the Coachella Valley and Tijuana, the fragility of the frontiers, and the boundaries between the cities and countries.” (Project description).

Cinthia Marcelle (Belo Horizonte, Brazil, born 1974) creates poetic representations of the everyday through installations, performances, and videos. She interrogates social hierarchies and imbalances by examining labor, materiality, and nature. Her actions challenge our notions of conventional behavior by introducing ironic coincidences and connections. She uses her work to record the out-comes of her interference, born from the possibility of discord and unrest in normal life.

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