Miguel Calderón, Free fall

Through a film and an installation, Miguel Calderón’s latest exhibition in New York tells a story on falconry and the unique interdependence between man and animal.

Miguel Calderón, Camaleón, video, 2017
“Caída libre (Free fall)”, is an exhibition by Miguel Calderón, featuring a film and sculptural installation centered on the theme of falconry. This presentation in the Luhring Augustine Bushwick location, Brooklyn, is organized in collaboration with kurimanzutto, Mexico City.


For Calderón, falconry presents a unique interdependence between man and animal, predicated on the falconer’s desire to connect with nature and the bird’s instinctual drive to hunt for survival. His interest towards the subject originates from his personal experience of having a hawk as a young boy. Struck by the years of discipline it takes in training one’s bird, he became fascinated with the obsessive, almost compulsory fixation one develops in maintaining this partnership.

Miguel Calderón, Camaleón, video, 2017
Miguel Calderón, Camaleón, video, 2017. © Miguel Calderón, courtesy the artist, kurimanzutto, Mexico City, and Luhring Augustine, New York
Calderón’s film illustrates this relationship through the story of Camaleón, a bouncer at a nightclub in Mexico City who takes his falcon out hunting every morning. Camaleón regards his bird with respect, lust, and admiration. He watches her hunt empathically, as if to relive his own pursuits and conquests. Violence pervades Camaleón’s life, both in the chaotic atmosphere of his daily occupation as well as his homicidal past. Such brutality, however, stands in direct opposition to his unwavering affection for his falcon, on which he depends as if it were a euphoric drug.
Miguel Calderón, Perchas, 2017
Miguel Calderón, Perchas, set of 54 mixed media pieces of variable dimensions, 2017. © Miguel Calderón, courtesy the artist, kurimanzutto, Mexico City, and Luhring Augustine, New York
The risk of losing one’s bird during each hunt consumes the falconer with an incontrovertible fear. It is the material of Camaleón’s nightmares, mitigated only by the sight of his falcon settled safely on its perch. Calderón’s sculptural installation of abandoned falcon perches harps on this potentiality. Without their occupants, these objects take on a sculptural quality.

from 22 June to 28 July
Miguel Calderón. Caída libre (Free fall)
Luhring Augustine Bushwick
25 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn
New York

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