In the Presence of Absence

“In the Presence of Absence – José Maria & Ike” (video still)

In the Presence of Absence
by Allison Maria Rodriguez
multi-channel video installation, 2017-2019

Artist Statement:
In the Presence of Absence is a multi-channel video installation exploring the intimate, yet collective, experience of ecological and cultural loss embedded in contemporary reality. The piece merges two primary conceptual concerns of my artistic practice: my Latinx identity and environmental conservation. It is a very personal work. Through merged representations of the hybridity of my Cuban-American identity, deceased family members, extinct animal species, and climate change, I endeavor to create a series of new pictorial spaces. These spaces are fantastical landscapes in which past and present, memory and fantasy, known and unknown, the cultural and the ecological, converge to gain simultaneous visual actualization. The work navigates between worlds and draws attention to the abyss – the lack or emptiness we encounter when we are disconnected from another species or distanced from our own culture– and the acts of appreciation and mourning that work to keep collective memory alive.

In the Presence of Absence (installation documentation)

Left: In the Presence of Absence – Rose & Matthew (video still)
Right: In the Presence of Absence – Carmen & Joaquín (video still)

*additional imagery and documentation coming soon