Artist Rodrigo Lara Zendejas reimagines the garden of his youth in a new multimedia installation presented in La Paz.
Searching for moments where contemporary life and faith collide, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas builds an atmospheric installation with clay sculptures, paintings, projection and sound to recall the experience in his first studio: his grandparents’ garden in La Paz, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He combines busts and statuettes of everyday people with iconic saints like those found on common memorials placed in cemeteries, gardens and outdoor shrines. More lively and playful than elegiac, Zendejas’ installation emphasizes the importance of a space for religious wonder and personal growth.
Zendejas’ work often deals with issues of immigration and the emotional fragmentation that happens when relocating to another country. He has also tackled difficult topics of corruption in Mexican politics and the Catholic Church through his figurative sculptures. In La Paz, Zendejas continues to explore these themes through a more nostalgic lens.