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A Grammar Built with Rocks

A grammar built with rocks, on display at both Human Resources LA and ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, presents artistic practices that trace the racialized and gendered relationship between bodies and land, and question narratives of socio-ecological crisis that contribute to the displacement and erasure of people and collective formations.

In addition to the art of various artists, the exhibition at Human Resources LA will feature works by Julien Creuzet. Paris born Julien Creuzet is a visual artist and poet who actively intertwines practices through sculpture, installation, and textual intervention that frequently address his own diasporic experiences.

Through a two-part group exhibition, public programing, and publication, the project aims to think with the land—materially and relationally—in order to unpack and historicize notions of waste and contamination as they relate to the politics of access, property, and the violence of land allotment. Together, the featured works explore how the materiality of land permeates our identities and representational structures, and simultaneously molds the body.

The exhibition at Human Resources, open from September 29 through November 4, considers the material, psychic, and social relations that constitute place as a site of knowledge production, and the “below” (below-ground, below-surface) as emblematic of both resistance and retreat.

The exhibition at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, open from October 13 through December 22, extends this inquiry to center on the interrelation between the body and place, exploring how discourses of value and waste (through motifs of the toxic, the disposable, the contaminant) influence individual and collective spatial agency.


A grammar built with rocks is guest curated by Shoghig Halajian and Suzy Halajian. The project is supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Goethe-Institut, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, and Pasadena Art Alliance.

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