Roof on Fire / Sigue al Lider

Roof on Fire / Sigue al Lider

Roof on Fire / Sigue al Lider
April 01 – May 07, 2021

Reimagine a post-crisis future, but consider our losses. Nostalgia and alienation help inform the potential of unravelling utopias that can shape identity. Confined to specific geographical locations, we anchor ourselves to what we have experienced rather than what we anticipate. Remedies to ease our yearning to be held, and substitutions for physical loss. Dreamily anticipating to twirl with girls, gays, and theys in a crowded nightspot. Hoping to laugh in a dark room illuminated by a massive screen with strangers. The one-time-only type of energy that uniquely exists during a live performance that cellphone footage cannot encapsulate. Expanding safe-spaces; poised to dismantle structures.

This exhibition is framed around impacts of the decline of physical gatherings and social situations, cultural establishments, and hallmarks of nightlife as a result of the protective measures mandated by government entities to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus. The disorienting effects of the health crisis that lead to a diminishing audience, and magnified sociopolitical events caused overwhelming emotions affecting our wellbeing. The works presented in this exhibition are an emulation of the reactive tendencies that have been revealed due to the oscillating crises and politicization of our bodies. As a whole, we are experiencing collective vulnerability and tension within our contemporary personal lives and the concept of community. 

Roof on Fire is a group exhibition curated by Daniel Alejandro Trejo, featuring works by Joshua Cruz Conanan, Leslie Foster, Aida Lizalde, Larissa De Jesús Negrón, Sam Pease, Anna Luisa Petrisko, Chris Rivas, Nick Shepard, Natalye Valentina, and Surge Witrön.

WATCH: Walkthrough & Discussion of “Detras del Sol” w/ Larissa De Jesús Negrón
READ: 5Q’S With Leslie Foster
LISTEN: Surf’s Up! w/ Daniel Alejandro Trejo