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Jorge Rojas: Coyotek

Jorge Rojas, Chac Mool, 2021. Video still: Joshua Samson. Courtesy of the artist.

Jorge Rojas: Coyotek
September 13, 2024 - January 26, 2025

Dede Rogers Gallery

Coyotek is a solo exhibition by Mexican American artist Jorge Rojas composed of a site-specific corn mandala (a geometric configuration of symbols), interactive installations, photography, and a selection of performance videos created over the past two decades. The exhibition surveys Rojas’ inventive, thought-provoking, and frequently political work emerging from a diverse artistic practice. His creative process is inspired by spiritual histories, abuses of power, interpretations of ancient rites, Indigenous knowledge, and human interconnectedness.

The title, Coyotek, is a playful neologism. This newly formed word blends the words coyote and technology to reflect an identity and aesthetic woven from Rojas’ interest in borders and immigration policy through his own multicultural immigrant experience. Colloquially, a coyote is known as a guide for immigrants across the Mexico–US border.

The totality of Coyotek fosters transcultural dialogue and community engagement. As part of the exhibition programming, Rojas will present a live performance, an artist talk, and lead a community workshop during the museum’s Dia de los Muertos event on November 2, 2024.

This exhibition is organized by PROArtes México.

Support for this exhibition is provided by the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation, and the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.

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