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Iman Issa

Photos by Lance Gerber

Photos by Lance Gerber

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Inspired by the Coachella Valley landscape and Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Surrogates, a film about things to be used, in order of appearance, by self or others, for touching upon larger, insidious, or different things consists of a film-set prop of a refining facility accompanied by a written description of the main sequence from the film featuring the prop. Both prop and text collaborate to offer a window into an expanded view that although implied is not fully pictured, leaving a lot of information to be desired in terms of exact function, location, and overall narrative. As a display, they are presented instead as autonomous fragments, with a life of their own, yearning to be perused in their temporary new home on the grounds of Sunnylands.

Title: Surrogates, a film about things to be used, in order of appearance, by self or others, for touching upon larger, insidious, or different things
Location: Sunnylands Center & Gardens
37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage
33.780354, -116.409640

Desert X 2019 is permanently closed. The artworks have been removed.