Nothing We Haven't Seen Before
Full-wall HD video projection. Dimensions variable. TRT: 2:00:00 looped. Color, sound.
 
Video taken from the perspective of Claudia Alvarez on the morning of January 13, 2014, when
she was found in a ditch below UCSD's Birch Aquarium, after having been stabbed multiple times
in the throat and torso.


Title piece for thesis exhibition. Visual Arts Graduate Gallery, UC San Diego. La Jolla, CA.
May 13-15, 2015.

Nothing We Haven't Seen Before uses the appropriated aesthetics of Félix 
González-Torres, whose own aesthetics were appropriations of minimalist and conceptual
aesthetics, to intersect three occurrences that cannot be remembered by those who
experienced them – the death of Ana Mendieta; my own experience being drugged
(without my consent or knowledge) and subsequently becoming very lost on-campus; and
the death of Claudia Alvarez, whose body was found by UCSD's Birch Aquarium.The
intersections of these stories with both themselves and the way in which they are
presented levels historical, structural, and personal trauma while reflecting a larger
conversation about how trauma is lived with, moved on from, and at the same time
continual. For the thesis text and further information on the works included, please click here.