1 February 2022


Join artist Frieda Toranzo Jaeger for an informal talk exploring her current research on 15th century painting, the role of philosophy and history in artistic production, and the future of non European cognitive painting. The discussion will explore how societies deal with the irremediable loss of indigenous history whilst looking to a future of queer hybridization as a state of suspension and freedom. This session has been organised by A/WA member and artist Isaac De Reza.

This session is free to attend and will be held on Zoom. Please register by emailing info (at) artworkassociation.org. Registered attendees will receive the link 10 minutes in advance of the discussion.

Frieda Toranzo Jaeger is an artist currently based in Mexico City. Her main areas of research are the Future and History and its relationship with decolonial and queer artistic practices; there has been moments of queer utopia in the past, and since the future is the only place that hasn’t been touched by capitalism it is also the place where utopia might be possible again. 

Toranzo aims to make painting a dialectic artifact. Looking at her paintings incites a cognitive battle in the audience’s minds. The aim is for the audience to ask “why does she paint?”, rather than “how does she paint it?” Her work refuses the use of illusions of figurative painting, which is one of the main distractions to contemporary discourse, as well as the most cherished element of the bourgeoisie. Toranzo studied philosophy before studying art, and so she aims to approach art with the same cognitive intensity.

Isaac De Reza is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on process and research strategies through radical imagination and versatility of thought; he develops methods of thinking that play with pre-set expectations viewers may have on formal aspects of performance, painting and sculpture, so to incite a questioning of our subjective understanding of society and culture. He cares about the work having an impact on others through building a sense of relatedness about feelings bigger than us, that resist language and clarification and that yet are a socially shared experiences.