Lek Borja
Curated Exhibition

Hidden

This group exhibition showcases material, bodily, and sensorial artwork and literature that make varied attempts at concealment. Left: Lek Borja, “SomewhereNowhere 2," 2011.

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Hidden

The virtual exhibition Hidden showcases a range of material, bodily, and sensorial artwork and literature that are tied to each other by their varied attempts at concealment. We associate the word “hidden” with bodies or objects that cannot be seen—things out of sight and perhaps out of mind. But each of these works visually or viscerally transmits the sense that there are mysterious presences hidden or in hiding. 
 
These works invite us to tease out the details and structures that have facilitated their concealment. What is purportedly hidden then emerges in plain sight. Collectively, the works in Hidden capture “absent presences.” 
 
During the conceptual stages of Hidden, I was influenced by stories of the undocumented in the United States, and I thought about my own family’s connection to this issue. I grew up abroad, and the knowledge that some family members were “TNT” an acronym for tago ng tago or “undocumented migrants” in the United States was always present in our household. Their stories and their existence were known to all of us, but they remained hidden from society writ large. 
 
Only later did I realize that their presence and visibility in our lives came with tremendous stakes. If caught as undocumented, they could have been detained or deported back to the Philippines. When I read about the undocumented, I think about my relatives and how their lives connect to other bodies, communities, spaces, feelings, and survival strategies.
 
I hope that Hidden helps to answer questions that continue to linger: What does it mean to be hidden? What forces govern the in/visibility of people or spaces? How do artists and writers conceptualize the spectral, both phantasms and memories?
 
Curated by Jan Christian Bernabe 
September 2014
 
Special thanks to my curatorial assistant intern: Tanya Tran
 
Over the course of several weeks, work from the following artists and writers will unfold on CA+T’s website. Maraming salamat to all the contributors to Hidden.
 
Kimberly Arteche, Lek Borja, Marylene Camacho, Carina A. del Rosario, John Yoyogi Fortes, Mik Gaspay, Luisa A. Igloria, Farsad Labbauf, Lin + Lam, Kang Seung Lee, Jessica Lichtenstein, Senalka McDonald,  Michelle Peñaloza, Barbra Ramos, Chris Sicat, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Laura Swanson, Kenneth Tam, Maria Villote
 
Hidden was made possible through the generous support of donors.
 

Camouflage I

Marylene Camacho

2011 Digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

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Marylene Camacho

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Born in 1981 in the Philippines and immigrating to the United States at the age of twelve, Marylene Camacho is a Los Angeles-based artist who explores issues of war in her practice. Primarily considering the perspective and existential experience of the common combat soldier, her work attempts to build upon the artistic canon established on this subject through such mediums as literature, painting, photography, and cinema. Ms. Camacho posits the universality of war, with the belief that it is essentially an abstract condition in contemporary life. Noting the similarities of previous wars and current ones, in both imagery and written history, she believes that war transcends time and space. Ms. Camacho received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005 from California State University at Long Beach and her Master of Fine Arts in 2011 from the California College of the Arts. She has recently exhibited in Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; and San Francisco, CA.

My work is a result of my own reflections and ruminations on the subject of war. I started to reconsider my thoughts on this issue after viewing photographs taken by a friend who served as a US Army medic in both Iraq and Afghanistan. My goal is to create a moment during which my work generates questions and prompts self-reflection regarding issues of war and its lingering impact on the human experience and psyche. As an abstract condition in contemporary life, war lends itself to be viewed in multiple ways, because everyone looks at this issue differently. I believe that wars, past and present, have a strange rippling effect that continues to be felt for decades, and sometime centuries, to follow.

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  • Born: The Philippines
  • Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Camouflage II

Marylene Camacho

2011 Digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

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Marylene Camacho

b. 1981
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Born in 1981 in the Philippines and immigrating to the United States at the age of twelve, Marylene Camacho is a Los Angeles-based artist who explores issues of war in her practice. Primarily considering the perspective and existential experience of the common combat soldier, her work attempts to build upon the artistic canon established on this subject through such mediums as literature, painting, photography, and cinema. Ms. Camacho posits the universality of war, with the belief that it is essentially an abstract condition in contemporary life. Noting the similarities of previous wars and current ones, in both imagery and written history, she believes that war transcends time and space. Ms. Camacho received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005 from California State University at Long Beach and her Master of Fine Arts in 2011 from the California College of the Arts. She has recently exhibited in Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; and San Francisco, CA.

My work is a result of my own reflections and ruminations on the subject of war. I started to reconsider my thoughts on this issue after viewing photographs taken by a friend who served as a US Army medic in both Iraq and Afghanistan. My goal is to create a moment during which my work generates questions and prompts self-reflection regarding issues of war and its lingering impact on the human experience and psyche. As an abstract condition in contemporary life, war lends itself to be viewed in multiple ways, because everyone looks at this issue differently. I believe that wars, past and present, have a strange rippling effect that continues to be felt for decades, and sometime centuries, to follow.

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  • Born: The Philippines
  • Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Camouflage III

Marylene Camacho

2011 Digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

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Marylene Camacho

b. 1981
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Born in 1981 in the Philippines and immigrating to the United States at the age of twelve, Marylene Camacho is a Los Angeles-based artist who explores issues of war in her practice. Primarily considering the perspective and existential experience of the common combat soldier, her work attempts to build upon the artistic canon established on this subject through such mediums as literature, painting, photography, and cinema. Ms. Camacho posits the universality of war, with the belief that it is essentially an abstract condition in contemporary life. Noting the similarities of previous wars and current ones, in both imagery and written history, she believes that war transcends time and space. Ms. Camacho received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005 from California State University at Long Beach and her Master of Fine Arts in 2011 from the California College of the Arts. She has recently exhibited in Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; and San Francisco, CA.

My work is a result of my own reflections and ruminations on the subject of war. I started to reconsider my thoughts on this issue after viewing photographs taken by a friend who served as a US Army medic in both Iraq and Afghanistan. My goal is to create a moment during which my work generates questions and prompts self-reflection regarding issues of war and its lingering impact on the human experience and psyche. As an abstract condition in contemporary life, war lends itself to be viewed in multiple ways, because everyone looks at this issue differently. I believe that wars, past and present, have a strange rippling effect that continues to be felt for decades, and sometime centuries, to follow.

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  • Born: The Philippines
  • Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Camouflage IV

Marylene Camacho

2011 Digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

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Marylene Camacho

b. 1981
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Born in 1981 in the Philippines and immigrating to the United States at the age of twelve, Marylene Camacho is a Los Angeles-based artist who explores issues of war in her practice. Primarily considering the perspective and existential experience of the common combat soldier, her work attempts to build upon the artistic canon established on this subject through such mediums as literature, painting, photography, and cinema. Ms. Camacho posits the universality of war, with the belief that it is essentially an abstract condition in contemporary life. Noting the similarities of previous wars and current ones, in both imagery and written history, she believes that war transcends time and space. Ms. Camacho received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005 from California State University at Long Beach and her Master of Fine Arts in 2011 from the California College of the Arts. She has recently exhibited in Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; and San Francisco, CA.

My work is a result of my own reflections and ruminations on the subject of war. I started to reconsider my thoughts on this issue after viewing photographs taken by a friend who served as a US Army medic in both Iraq and Afghanistan. My goal is to create a moment during which my work generates questions and prompts self-reflection regarding issues of war and its lingering impact on the human experience and psyche. As an abstract condition in contemporary life, war lends itself to be viewed in multiple ways, because everyone looks at this issue differently. I believe that wars, past and present, have a strange rippling effect that continues to be felt for decades, and sometime centuries, to follow.

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  • Born: The Philippines
  • Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Camouflage V

Marylene Camacho

2011 Digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

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Marylene Camacho

b. 1981
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Born in 1981 in the Philippines and immigrating to the United States at the age of twelve, Marylene Camacho is a Los Angeles-based artist who explores issues of war in her practice. Primarily considering the perspective and existential experience of the common combat soldier, her work attempts to build upon the artistic canon established on this subject through such mediums as literature, painting, photography, and cinema. Ms. Camacho posits the universality of war, with the belief that it is essentially an abstract condition in contemporary life. Noting the similarities of previous wars and current ones, in both imagery and written history, she believes that war transcends time and space. Ms. Camacho received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005 from California State University at Long Beach and her Master of Fine Arts in 2011 from the California College of the Arts. She has recently exhibited in Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; and San Francisco, CA.

My work is a result of my own reflections and ruminations on the subject of war. I started to reconsider my thoughts on this issue after viewing photographs taken by a friend who served as a US Army medic in both Iraq and Afghanistan. My goal is to create a moment during which my work generates questions and prompts self-reflection regarding issues of war and its lingering impact on the human experience and psyche. As an abstract condition in contemporary life, war lends itself to be viewed in multiple ways, because everyone looks at this issue differently. I believe that wars, past and present, have a strange rippling effect that continues to be felt for decades, and sometime centuries, to follow.

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  • Born: The Philippines
  • Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Somewhere Nowhere 7

Lek Borja

2011 Silver gelatin print and manual cutouts. 8 in. x 8 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Lek Borja

b. 1984
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Lek Borja is an interdisciplinary artist and poet based in Los Angeles, CA. Her writings have appeared in US and international journals: Lantern Review, San Francisco Press’s Lady Jane Miscellany, REM Magazine, and Society for Curious Thought, among others. Her chapbook of experimental poetry, Android, was acquired by the Yale University Library for their special collections and is available at Plan B Press. She has exhibited or will be exhibiting her art works in Los Angeles and out-of-state galleries: the Loft at Liz’s, the Hi-Lite, and FrontierSpace. She can be contacted at www.lekborjastudio.com.

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  • Born: Tarlac, Philippines
  • Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Somewhere Nowhere 4

Lek Borja

2011 Silver gelatin print and manual cutouts. 12 in. x 17 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Lek Borja

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Lek Borja is an interdisciplinary artist and poet based in Los Angeles, CA. Her writings have appeared in US and international journals: Lantern Review, San Francisco Press’s Lady Jane Miscellany, REM Magazine, and Society for Curious Thought, among others. Her chapbook of experimental poetry, Android, was acquired by the Yale University Library for their special collections and is available at Plan B Press. She has exhibited or will be exhibiting her art works in Los Angeles and out-of-state galleries: the Loft at Liz’s, the Hi-Lite, and FrontierSpace. She can be contacted at www.lekborjastudio.com.

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  • Born: Tarlac, Philippines
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Somewhere Nowhere 3

Lek Borja

2011 Silver gelatin print and manual cutouts. 8 in x 18 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Lek Borja

b. 1984
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Lek Borja is an interdisciplinary artist and poet based in Los Angeles, CA. Her writings have appeared in US and international journals: Lantern Review, San Francisco Press’s Lady Jane Miscellany, REM Magazine, and Society for Curious Thought, among others. Her chapbook of experimental poetry, Android, was acquired by the Yale University Library for their special collections and is available at Plan B Press. She has exhibited or will be exhibiting her art works in Los Angeles and out-of-state galleries: the Loft at Liz’s, the Hi-Lite, and FrontierSpace. She can be contacted at www.lekborjastudio.com.

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  • Born: Tarlac, Philippines
  • Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Somewhere Nowhere 2

Lek Borja

2011 Silver gelatin print and manual cutouts. 8 in. x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Lek Borja

b. 1984
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Lek Borja is an interdisciplinary artist and poet based in Los Angeles, CA. Her writings have appeared in US and international journals: Lantern Review, San Francisco Press’s Lady Jane Miscellany, REM Magazine, and Society for Curious Thought, among others. Her chapbook of experimental poetry, Android, was acquired by the Yale University Library for their special collections and is available at Plan B Press. She has exhibited or will be exhibiting her art works in Los Angeles and out-of-state galleries: the Loft at Liz’s, the Hi-Lite, and FrontierSpace. She can be contacted at www.lekborjastudio.com.

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  • Born: Tarlac, Philippines
  • Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Somewhere Nowhere 1

Lek Borja

2011 Silver gelatin print and manual cutouts. 16 in. x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Lek Borja

b. 1984
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Lek Borja is an interdisciplinary artist and poet based in Los Angeles, CA. Her writings have appeared in US and international journals: Lantern Review, San Francisco Press’s Lady Jane Miscellany, REM Magazine, and Society for Curious Thought, among others. Her chapbook of experimental poetry, Android, was acquired by the Yale University Library for their special collections and is available at Plan B Press. She has exhibited or will be exhibiting her art works in Los Angeles and out-of-state galleries: the Loft at Liz’s, the Hi-Lite, and FrontierSpace. She can be contacted at www.lekborjastudio.com.

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  • Born: Tarlac, Philippines
  • Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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