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Stephanie Deumer

Under the Same Sun examines the tangled web between the sun, its material reality, and the energy, images, and forms that it produces. This multimedia installation features a greenhouse of native plants submerged in a cavernous underground room. Projected live-feed footage of the aboveground landscape bathes the greenhouse in light, allowing the plants to photosynthesize and grow. The video projection and installation as a whole is powered by solar panels, which also serve as the roof of the sunken room. Taking the shape of a large puddle of water, the solar cells sit flush with the desert ground, mirage-like in appearance, and hinting at the lush sanctuary below. As part of the artist’s continued exploration of simulacra and immersive environments, this work brings to life the spectacle of biological reproduction through technological and visual means.

Stephanie Deumer (b. 1989, Canada, based in Los Angeles) is a Canadian artist currently living and working in Los Angeles, California. Her multimedia installations highlight interrelations between different kinds of reproduction-including biological, visual, mechanical, and social. Often, Deumer’s work reflects imagery of its own making or surroundings, embodying a performative quality. Complexities of female identity formation figure prominently, specifically in relation to language, media, science, and technology. Deumer has been an artist-in-residence at f=actory Media Centre, Hamilton; Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; Cerritos College, Norwalk; and The Reef, Los Angeles.

Under the Same Sun
26°39’03.8”N 37°59’34.4”E
AlUla, Saudi Arabia
Desert X AlUla 2022