Part of group exhibition, 'unending beginnings', curated by Emma Christ, Nahui Garcia, Lauren Guilford, Leah Perez, Austen Villacis and Ruei-Chen Tsai at USC Roski School of Art & Design, Los Angeles CA. Special thanks to Andy Campbell, Julián Morales-Jaramillo, & Alejandro De Anda.
"𝘉𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘺 2022 is a two part performance in which Lartigue cultivates microorganisms from various architectural structures, colonial and modern, across Los Angeles. The work explores the idea of decomposition through the use of the artist’s targeted use of bacteria and fungi in a performance art context. For the live performance, which will take place on the rooftop of Mateo gallery on February 11th, Lartigue will incorporate organic matter such as seaweed collected from various coastlines in Los Angeles, and where a dissection and mummification of a lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) will be performed. The performance will include a soundtrack in collaboration with Qais Assali & H C- (M). Extracting agar nutrients from seaweed to grow bacteria and fungi in acrylic purses, which function as fabulous Petri dishes, Lartigue considers the ocean as a living marine/memory biome. Educated in forensic anthropology and human remains recovery, Lartigue’s material and performance practice is concerned with the relationship between land and the body. 𝘉𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘺 2022 explores how living matter can carry memories of pandemics past and present brought about by colonialism, imperialism and military occupation."