Beatriz Cortez


Monday, February 1, 2021 through
Saturday, March 27, 2021


Friday, January 29, 2021 through
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Beatriz Cortez

with rafa esparza, Kang Seung Lee, Candice Lin, Pavithra Prasad, and Christian Tedeschi present


Exhibition Extended through August 7, 2021

Underwritten in part by the Buttgenbach Foundation



For her residency Beatriz Cortez invites Los Angeles based artists rafa esparza, Kang Seung Lee, Candice Lin, Pavithra Prasad, and Christian Tedeschi to collaborate and explore how memory ripples through time along the path of people who are also on the move, considering how the temporality of one lifetime is implicated in the larger fabric of a cultural landscape. Bringing their work together across the mountain on which Lux’s campus is located with installations, performances, and sculptures the Artists-in-Residence address flux and connectedness that goes beyond space and time.

The title of the exhibition,evokes the sacred subterranean snake of massive proportions whose movement exposes curved sections of its body as it transforms and shapes the land, forming the mountains on the horizon. The title awakens the spiritual understanding that the gradual movement of this creature is forever changing and moving the texture of the earth and through this action impacting the people that are traversing its lands. The geological time scale is a recognition that experiences go beyond that of a single lifetime, and it is through collective memory that these shifts can be perceived. 

was carved in stone by the Olmec people whose voice unfortunately is not known today. The memory, however, also survives in codices and in the language of the Aztecs as 'Tepetl’ and the Mayans as 'Witz.' As the momentous flow of mountains and never ceasing migration of people form relationships transcending localization, different temporalities and paths come together.


Para su residencia Beatriz Cortez ha invitado a un grupo de artistas basados en Los Ángeles: rafa esparza, Kang Seung Lee, Candice Lin, Pavithra Prasad, y Christian Tedeschi a colaborar y explorar las formas en que la memoria circula a través del tiempo entrecruzándose en el camino de personas que también se encuentran en movimiento y considerando así cómo la temporalidad de una vida se incorpora en la fábrica del paisaje cultural. Reuniendo instalaciones, performances y esculturas de estos artistas en la montaña en la que se encuentra localizado el Instituto de Arte Lux, los artistas en residencia abordarán el fluir y las conexiones más allá del tiempo y del espacio. 

El título de la exhibición, , evoca la idea de una serpiente sagrada subterránea de proporciones masivas cuyo movimiento expone secciones curvas de su gran cuerpo a medida que transforma y da forma a la tierra, formando las montañas en el horizonte. El título evoca el concepto espiritual de que el movimiento gradual de esta criatura está cambiando y moviendo la textura de la tierra y, a través de esta acción, impactando a la gente que atraviesa los territorios. La escala temporal geológica es un reconocimiento de que las experiencias van más allá del tiempo comprendido en una sola vida, y que se pueden percibir estos cambios a través de la memoria colectiva. . 

La versión más antigua de este glifo, , fue tallada en piedra por los Olmecas. Desafortunadamente, no conocemos su voz hoy día. Su memoria, sin embargo, sobrevive en códices y en el idioma de los Aztecas como ‘tepetl’ y de los mayas como ‘witz.’ A medida que el fluir monumental de las montañas y el incesante migrar de la gente forma relaciones que trascienden un lugar, diferentes temporalidades y caminos se unen.

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"Malaiyum Valaikkum/The Mountain Also Bends" RESIDENCY PERFORMANCEs BY Pavithra Prasad

"Untitled" RESidency performance by kang seung lee

ARTIST's Residency Introduction VideoS [Click here!]

Beatriz Cortez 

rafa esparza 

Kang Seung Lee   

Candice Lin 

Pavithra Prasad 

Christian Tedeschi

Schedule of Resident Artists
Due to COVID-19, artists will work onsite outside of regular visitor hours to maintain distance from visitors. Their projects will be realized during the following dates:

February 1 - February 13: Christian Tedeschi

February 16 - February 27: Beatriz Cortez

March 2 - March 6: rafa esparza

March 9 - March 13: Kang Seung Lee

March 16 - March 20: Pavithra Prasad

March 23 - March 28: Candice Lin


Beatriz Cortez is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice explores multiple temporalities beyond the human experience, and concepts of simultaneity, multiplicities, the untimely, and speculative imaginaries of the future. Born in El Salvador in 1970, Cortez received an MFA in Art from the California Institute of the Arts and a Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies from Arizona State University. She has exhibited at the Craft Contemporary Museum, Los Angeles; Clockshop, Los Angeles; Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles; Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles; Centro Cultural de España de El Salvador; and Museo Municipal Tecleño (MUTE), El Salvador; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; BANK/MABSOCIETY, Shanghai, China; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador; and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Cortez is the recipient of the Artadia Los Angeles Award, the inaugural Frieze LIFEWTR Sculpture Prize (2019), the Emergency Grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, the Artist Community Engagement Grant, and the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists. Beatriz Cortez is represented by Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles.

rafa esparza is a multidisciplinary artist born in Los Angeles whose work explores identities disrupted by colonialism using performance art to consider his own relationship to those histories. esparza is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Arts, and Art Matters Foundation grant. He has exhibited and performed at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; ArtPace, San Antonio, TX; Ballroom Marfa, TX; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, CA; Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, CA (2013); Performance Space New York and the Ellipse, Washington, D.C.; Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; San Diego Art Institute, CA; Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and LA><ART, CA. esparza is represented by Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles. 

Kang Seung Lee is a multidisciplinary artist born in Seoul, South Korea. Lee’s work challenges mainstream narratives by creating speculative cross-cultural and queer histories based on personal and margalized group’s lived experiences. Lee has shown at Hapjungjigu, Seoul, South Korea; One and J. Gallery, Seoul, South Korea; Artpace, San Antonio; Baik Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Contemporary Archive; Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont; Centro Cultural Border, Mexico City, Mexico; Asia Cultural Center, Gwangju, South Korea; Palm Springs Art Museum, CA; PARTICIPANT INC., New York (2019); LA><ART, Los Angeles; SOMArts, San Francisco; Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. Lee received the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2018-19), the Rema Hort Mann Foundation grant, and Artpace San Antonio International Artist-in-Residence program.  

Candice Lin is an interdisciplinary artist, born in Concord, MA, who explores colonial legacies as they relate to forgotten histories through multi-sensory installations, often including living and organic materials and processes. Lin has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in Semiotics and Visual Arts from Brown University. She has received numerous awards such as the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and has exhibited internationally at places such as Portikus, Frankfurt; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Bétonsalon—Center for Art and Research, Paris; Human Resources, Los Angeles; New Museum, New York; SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; the Hammer, Los Angeles; and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Her work will also be at Prospect 5, New Orleans in 2021. 

Pavithra Prasad is a writer, scholar, and performer working at the intersection of text, voice, sound, and performance art. Born and raised in Chennai in South India, her aesthetic engages decolonial forms of narrative, music composition, and language praxis. Her mixed-method research and performances map South Asian futurism and global anti-racist coalition. She has done ethnographic work on psychedelic subculture in India, which informs and ignites the cultural criticism embedded in her creative work. She has shown her work in India and the United States. She holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and teaches at California State University, Northridge.

Christian Tedeschi is an interdisciplinary artist utilizing found materials and the senses to decontextualize and restructure objects and experiences within spatial relations. Tedeschi is an Associate Professor in sculpture at California State University, Northridge and has received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI and a BFA from University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. He has exhibited at Western Projects, Culver City, CA; Torrance Art Museum, CA; Reserve Ames Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; CSUN Art Galleries; Skala Gallery, Poznan, Poland; and ASHES/ASHES in New York City.





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