Entangled Futurities: metaspores for queer trans/genic symbionts
May 28, 2021 - July 31, 2021
Entangled Futurities: metaspores for queer trans/genic symbionts is a new two-person exhibition featuring never-before-exhibited ink drawings, small sculptures and a sound installation by emerging New Mexico-based artists Tigre Mashaal-Lively and Pascal Emmer. Entangled Futurities is a collaborative intertwining of visionary fiction and material works by Emmer and Mashaal-Lively, which together form a relationship to the question: How do we spore the futures in which we want to live?
“This project speaks in the language of mycelium,” write the artists, referring to a multicellular fungi, invisible to the human eye until it forms what we commonly recognize as mushrooms. “This infinite underground network sustains us in a time of toxic political landscapes and climate catastrophe. From the wild matsutake mushrooms that heal the irradiated soil around Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to the radiotrophic fungi that harness energy for their own flourishing from Chernobyl’s nuclear debris, mycelial conspirators are constantly finding ways to repurpose the waste from toxic, decomposing systems.” Inspired by this super-organism and its poetic application to humanity’s destructive sides (ie capitalism, racial supremacy, human hierarchies, militarism), Mashaal-Lively and Emmer illustrate and explore the natural disruption that has and is unfolding all around us (and beneath our feet).
Tigre Mashaal-Lively is a Black mixed-race, genderqueer artist raised in Philadelphia and based in New Mexico. They hold a BA in Visual and Performing Arts from Bennington College (2008). Working across a wide array of mediums and disciplines, Tigre creates art ranging from large-scale installations, sculptures and murals to intimate illustrations, music and movement-based performance.
Pascal Emmer is a ceramic artist, social movement researcher and speculative fiction writer who uses collaborative design and participatory research to create stories of a future otherwise. For over 15 years they have been involved in abolitionist organizing, most recently with the COVID-19 Policing Project.