SOCIÉTÉ

Trisha Baga

Contact

April 26 – July 6, 2024

Trisha Baga, Earthshine, 2024

Trisha Baga, Earthshine, 2024

Société is pleased to announce Contact, Trisha Baga’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. In this new body of work, Baga combines personal imagery with dazzling starscapes culled from deep space photography. Their paintings zoom outwards into the depths of space, a dizzying abyss brought dramatically “closer” through advanced technology, while simultaneously turning inwards toward the minutiae of their daily life. Intimate traces of beings, objects, devices, and spaces bound to earthly gravity appear throughout these works: Baga’s studio, the back of their sleeping child’s head, knick-knacks, and the various accoutrements used to tend to an infant. “Through hand painting these high-tech images,” Baga says, “I’m behaving as yet another layer that re-enacts and interprets the information generated from that whole sublime global project, and all the personal imagery and studio reflections are just the local aberrations of my own particular lens.” Within the context of outerspace, the term “contact” typically refers to communication or interaction with extraterrestrial intelligence or civilizations, to making connections with entities beyond Earth. In Baga’s case, it also refers to radical intimacy—to the care and closeness necessary for the reproduction of our species.

Trisha Baga (b. 1985, Venice) lives and works in New York. Baga’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan; CCC, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard College, Cambridge; Zabludowicz Collection, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Their immersive large-scale painting installation BODY CLOCK—a constellation of painting, light projections, staged objects, and sculpture—was exhibited at Art Basel Unlimited in 2021. That same year, their video installation HOPE illuminated the façade of Kassel’s Fridericianum on the United States election day. Their work was recently included in the exhibition HOPE at Museion, Bolzano curated by Bart van der Heide and Leonie Radine; and they recently participated in Louisiana Museum of Modern Art’s group exhibition entitled The Irreplaceable Human in November 2023. They have also participated in group exhibitions at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, Ludwigshafen am Rhein; PS1, New York; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Zurich; and Julia Stoschek Collection at ZKM, Düsseldorf, among many other venues.