Press Release

For the exhibition The Blessings of the Mystery artists Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas present a newly commissioned film and series of installations rooted in West Texas. The project crystallizes the artists’ research into the connections and tensions between the cultural, scientific, industrial, and sociopolitical forces across locations like the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, the Amistad Dam on the Rio Grande, and the Permian Basin oil fields.



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Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas

Ballroom, Marfa (United States)

26.05 - 04.09.2022




The exhibition centers around The Teachings of the Hands, a single-channel film that depicts the region’s complex histories of colonization, migration, and ecological precarity from the perspective of Juan Mancias, Chairman of the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas. The video-installation combines observational and experimental documentary with oral histories, reenactments, and archival footage. Weaving together scenes from the present day to 4,000 years in the past, on land where both Indigenous and settler knowledge has been historically produced, The Teachings of the Hands highlights the environmental memories and cosmologies that coexist within Somi Se’k*.

The film is complemented by immersive installations of surveying flags and tools; several series of drawings and collages; and a collection of watercolors from the 1930s by artists and amateur archaeologists Forrest and Lula Kirkland that depicts ancient rock art of the Lower Pecos. On loan from the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas, these rarely seen plein air paintings document the original forms and vibrant colors of murals that were still visible in the 30s, before flooding, erosion, and human interaction damaged or destroyed them.

The Blessings of the Mystery emerges from Caycedo and de Rozas’s multidisciplinary practices, which are guided by environmental justice, encounters between history and memory, and Indigenous rights and cosmologies. For this exhibition and in its previous iterations across the state, Caycedo and de Rozas investigate the transformation of Somi Se’k* by way of industry, infrastructure, and private property.

*Somi Se’k means the Land of the Sun and is the way the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe refers to the land known as Texas.

The exhibition is organized by Laura Copelin, former Director & Curator, Ballroom Marfa.

Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, The Teachings of the Hands (stills), 2020. Panoramic digital video with surround sound, 46 minutes. Courtesy of the artists and Ballroom Marfa

Exhibition 26 May -04 September 2022. Ballroom Marfa, 108 East San Antonio Street - Marfa, TX 79843 (United States). Hours : Thu, Fri, Sat 12:00 h – 18:00 h.  Admission free.






Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Ballroom Marfa, United States

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