Real, Marvelous and Very Personal

January 29, 2015
SF Weekly
by Jonathan Curiel

In last year’s performance piece Other Half Orbit, writer Ingrid Rojas Contreras and artist Jeremiah Barber submerged themselves horizontally in water — one side of their bodies in, one side out — and talked to each other about their painful pasts. Presented at Southern Exposure, Other Half Orbit was a deeply personal confession that centered on Rojas’ 2007 memory loss and its temporary impact on her and Barber, her husband and artistic partner. “Lo Real Maravilloso (The Marvelous Real)” incorporates excerpts of Other Half Orbit, other past collaborations, and new work by the Bay Area duo whose artistic themes frequently address personal history. In “Lo Real Maravilloso (The Marvelous Real),” which is curated by artist Sanaz Mazinani, Rojas spotlights her Colombian grandfather, a larger-than-life traditional healer who is said to have “moved clouds.” Tonight’s opening reception narrows the distance even more between audience and artist. Amid sculpture, video, collage, drawings, and photographs, Rojas and Barber place one foot in the past and one foot in the absolute present.

“Lo Real Maravilloso (The Marvelous Real)” opens with a reception at 5-8 p.m. and runs through Feb. 28 at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F. Free; 821-1155 or