De Soto Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in Paris Photo Los Angeles 2015. The gallery will present a solo exhibition by Joaquin Trujillo with selections from his recent projects, Mal de Ojo and Flores. Both series are profoundly autobiographical, mystical, and cathartic.
Mal de Ojo, or the “evil eye,” is a superstition deeply rooted in Latin American popular culture. As a child in rural Mexico, Joaquin Trujillo was believed to be the victim of this spiritual affliction when he contracted scarlet fever and nearly died, suffering permanent eye damage for which he has had repeated corrective surgeries throughout his life. The images from Mal de Ojo revolve around Trujillo’s experience and are in two parts: fetishistic portrayals of the artist’s own physical and psychological trauma and tabletop arrangements of Mexican folk remedies and collections of personal amulets and totems. Often presented as diptychs or triptychs, usually portraits juxtaposed with still lifes in the form of prints or videos, the scenes deal with the psychosocial aspects of isolation and the inherent need for protection and self-preservation.
Like Mal de Ojo, Trujillo’s Flores are dramatically symbolic remembrances of family and childhood. Growing up, flowers filled the homes of Trujillo’s mother and sisters, and were frequently used medicinally and as offerings in folk rituals. The images are an homage to the women who helped shape the man Trujillo has become.
Joaquin Trujillo (b. 1976, Los Angeles, raised in Zacatecas, Mexico) received his BFA from Art Center College of Design. His work has been exhibited by galleries and institutions including Rose Gallery in Los Angeles, Steven Kasher Gallery in New York, and New Art Projects in London. His work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco MoMA and the Amon Carter Museum in Texas.