Joshua Cabello, 2022 Paarsa Hajari, 2022 Victor Alvarez, 2022
Fellows of Contemporary Art is pleased to present Locus, curated, and organized by FOCA Curators Lab grant recipient Josh Cabello.
Locus features photography works by three artists who, although inhabiting radically different spaces, find communion in self-exploration. Through their photographs, they are addressing who they are, how they identify, and how their experiences are shaped by varying gender identities, sexual orientations, race, family dynamics, and geography. At its core this exhibition is about relationships: the relationship the artists have to one another, to their medium, and to themselves.
Locus refers to the term ‘Locus of Mediation’, coined by French psychoanalyst Jacque Lacan, meaning “the site is where the gaze meets the subject of representation”. Cabello states, “Self-portraiture is a tool for capturing not just the physical body, but the essence of a person and the moment. In this sense, portraiture as a medium extends past the physical body. Inanimate objects become a source of the self and one is left wondering whether the meaning is inherent or projected onto objects. How do we project our bodies onto objects? How do we uncover landscapes on our bodies?”