table is pleased to announce its final show of the 2018/19 season Salt in the I, an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Andre Keichian. This is the artist’s first show in Chicago.
Salt in the I is an exhibition of photographs and objects composed for framing, viewing, and place-setting.
Salt in the I processes the artist’s family’s history of displacement and diaspora through elemental changes that occur when salt, water, and wood frame a past that remains ungraspable. This installation’s ethos came from a recently encountered family photo album, whose migratory mapping traverses across the Middle East (Syria, Lebanon, Armenia), to France, Argentina, and the United States. Keichian’s Armenian born and, later, Argentine citizen grandfather photographed all the source materials for this work. Although they never met, this speculative collaboration draws a warped line between two people separated by time, land and sea. The work speaks of presence and absence through an exchange of both tangible and ephemeral temporalities, which move through distance and time. Keichian explores speculative interpretations of what an archive can do, rather than limiting memory to representation defined by familial trauma.This exhibition plays with many unknowns that cling to the artist’s genealogy, giving a bent look through salt in their eye as they try to traverse oceans of time. This work is a speculative dip into the negatives that make up Keichian’s family’s history, looking askew to find queer stances and lost topographies.
Andre Keichian is an interdisciplinary artist working across photography, video and sculptural installation. Always interwoven with their personal history as a queer, transgender Argentine-American, they are interested in making work that addresses the complexities and contingencies of what we call identity, as their own is difficult to define. Keichian’s work has shown both nationally and internationally at spaces such as the Metropolitan Cultural Center (Ecuador), Zuckerman Museum of Art (Georgia), El Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas (Buenos Aires), Museum of Contemporary Art Atlanta, Anthology Film Archives (New York) and REDCAT (Los Angeles). They completed an MFA in the Photography & Media Program at the California Institute of the Arts and currently live and work in Los Angeles.