Desert X 2021: “What Lies Behind the Walls” by Zahrah Alghamdi

Zahrah Alghamdi’s monolithic wall is comprised of stacked forms impregnated with cements, soils, and dyes specific to the California Desert region.

She expresses a highly individualized language corresponding to feelings, cultural identity, memory, loss and emotions associated with this place and time.

Her laborious and meticulous process involves assembling particles of earth, clay, rocks, leather, and water to draw on the notion of “embodied memory.”

Desert X 2021: “The Wishing Well” by Serge Attukwei Clottey

Serge Attukwei Clottey’s massive installation was created using woven pieces of recycled yellow plastic Kufuor gallons once used to transport water in Ghana.

“As repurposed relics of the colonial project, they serve as a constant reminder of the legacies of empire and of global movements for environmental justice.

The Wishing Well refers to the wells to which many people around the world must trek daily, sometimes many miles, to access water.

A close-up of the assembled Kufuor gallons, or jerrycans, Europeans introduced to the people of Ghana to transport cooking oil.

Desert X 2021: The Jackrabbit Homestead

“Jackrabbit Homestead” by Kim Stringfellow at DesertX 2021 is an art installation on display that explores the legacy of the Small Tract Act in California’s Morongo Basin region near Joshua Tree National Park.

Located near Palm Springs, her recreation of a 122 sq foot cabin built from a kit was not uncommon among homesteaders in the 1950s.