USC roski Graduate Gallery, Roski Graduate Building (Los Angeles Arts District) View map Free Event

1262 Palmetto Str., Los Angeles CA 90013

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Eva Aguila: Following Spirit

Open to the public and free


Opening reception: Feb 2, 6 - 9pm


Exhibition on view: Feb 3 - 10

Gallery hours: Wed - Sat, 12 - 5pm


Roski Graduate Gallery

Los Angeles Arts District

1262 Palmetto Street, LA 90013



Following Spirit is the reclamation of indigenous spirituality, and a reflection on the journey of self-discovery within Eva Aguila’s ancestral land of Michoacán. Using familial archives and research, the exhibition threads moving images, rubbings, ancestral items, and infrasound frequencies all from her P'urhepecha ancestry. A short documentary about the under-examined and fragmented history of the P'urhepecha nation is featured through a series of interviews and discussions with the artist. The exhibition includes an audiovisual installation intimately exploring the synchronicities between petroglyphs, ancestral memory, and Spirit with infrasound frequency interpretations and sculpture. By engaging the audience through various senses, Following Spirit merges the multiplicities of spiritual life, artmaking and land into one.


Video works produced with the support of The Center for Ethnographic Media Arts University of Southern California.

International travel and research supported through a Macomber Travel Grant through USC Roski.



Eva Aguila is a Mexican American interdisciplinary artist and organizer. As a first generation born in Los Angeles, her work currently is centered around oral histories of the Mexican diaspora, specifically her ancestral familial rural Michoacán communities. Aguila works with video, sound, and installation to examine personal histories and the in-betweenness of the Latine experience. Using research and personal archives, her current work is informed by the materiality of memory. Inspired by ephemerality and Indigenous Futurism, she works with time-bases media to depict stories and alternative histories to reinterpret cultural portrayals of the diaspora. Aguila is also one of the founders and Board President of Coaxial Arts Foundation, an artist-run non-profit organization dedicated to experimental sound, video and performance art. Aguila co-created Coaxial Arts Foundation as a way to further the community of interdisciplinary media artists in LA, as well as foster the community itself. Her passion for grassroots organizing started as a need to support underrepresented artists communities as ephemeral art is not always represented in traditional art galleries. 


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