Pictures from Desert X 2023: this year’s 12 artworks in the Coachella Valley

Directed by Neville Wakefield and co-curated by Diana Campbell, Desert X 2023 is committed to being an artistic device to increase our socio-environmental awareness.

“Contrary to the archetype, a desert is not defined by the absence of water. The desert landscape is formed by the memory of water”. This sentence perfectly sums up the curatorial intention that inspired the fourth edition of Desert X – in the Coachella Valley, California, until May 7 – that deepens the theme of environmental and social sensitivity.

The site-specific works, made by internationally renowned artists, are scattered in various sites of desert territory and are placed as instruments of self-consciousness that show the  negative and positive forces that we exercise on the world as human beings and of which we should be aware.

Here is the list of the twelve works presented:

“No.1225 Chainlink” by Rana Begum;
“The Smallest Sea with the Largest Heart” by Lauren Bon and Metabolic Studios;
“Immersion” by Gerald Clarke;
“Amar a Dios en Tierra de Indios, Es Oficio Maternal” by Paloma Contreras Lomas;
“Liquid A Place” by Torkwase Dyson;
“Searching for the Sky (While Maintaining Equilibrium)” by Mario García Torres;
“Namak Nazar” by Hylozoic/Desires;
“Sleeping Figure” by Matt Johnson;
“Originals” by Tyre D. Nichols;
“Pioneer” by Tschabalala Self;
“Khudi Bari” by Marina Tabassum;
“Chimera” by Héctor Zamora.

Opening Image: “Immersion” di Gerald Clarke. Image courtesy of DESERT X. Photography by Lance Gerber.

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