Carissa Rodriguez

Imitation of Life

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Installation view: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich, 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Installation view: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich, 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Installation view: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich, 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Installation view: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich, 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, Imitation of Life (04/09/24); Alice in the Cities; Imitation of Life (02/26/24), 2024, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, Imitation of Life (04/09/24); Alice in the Cities; Imitation of Life (02/26/24), 2024, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, Imitation of Life (04/09/24); Alice in the Cities; Imitation of Life (02/26/24), 2024, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, Imitation of Life (04/09/24); Alice in the Cities; Imitation of Life (02/26/24), 2024, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, Imitation of Life (04/09/24); Alice in the Cities; Imitation of Life (02/26/24), 2024, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, Imitation of Life (04/09/24); Alice in the Cities; Imitation of Life (02/26/24), 2024, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, Imitation of Life (04/09/24); Alice in the Cities; Imitation of Life (02/26/24), 2024, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, Imitation of Life (04/09/24); Alice in the Cities; Imitation of Life (02/26/24), 2024, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, Imitation of Life (04/09/24); Alice in the Cities; Imitation of Life (02/26/24), 2024, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, Imitation of Life (04/09/24); Alice in the Cities; Imitation of Life (02/26/24), 2024, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, Imitation of Life (04/09/24); Alice in the Cities; Imitation of Life (02/26/24), 2024, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, Imitation of Life (04/09/24); Alice in the Cities; Imitation of Life (02/26/24), 2024, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, Imitation of Life (04/09/24); Alice in the Cities; Imitation of Life (02/26/24), 2024, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, Imitation of Life (04/09/24); Alice in the Cities; Imitation of Life (02/26/24), 2024, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, The Maid, 2018, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, The Maid, 2018, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, The Maid, 2018, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, The Maid, 2018, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, The Maid, 2018, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, The Maid, 2018, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, The Maid, 2018, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Detail: Carissa Rodriguez, The Maid, 2018, in: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Installation view: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich, 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Installation view: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich, 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Installation view: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich, 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Installation view: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich, 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Installation view: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich, 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Installation view: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich, 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Installation view: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich, 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Installation view: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich, 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Installation view: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich, 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
Installation view: Carissa Rodriguez, "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen, Munich, 2024. Courtesy the artist and Kunstverein M√ľnchen e.V..
With "Imitation of Life," Kunstverein M√ľnchen presents the first institutional solo exhibition in Europe by Carissa Rodriguez. The exhibition centers on a new video work created during the first year in the life of the artist‚Äôs first child and opens soon after the baby turns one. The production timeline for the artist coincides with the period known as ‚Äėprimary maternal preoccupation‚Äô‚ÄĒa mindset of psychic interdependence between mother and child. The durational video work enacts ‚Äėreverie‚Äô¬≠‚ÄĒthe experience of being lost in thought. Filmed exclusively during the hour between 6am to 7am, or the break of dawn, it is not the sunrise that is recorded, but its reflection in the phallic mirror: a nearby skyscraper seen from the window of the baby‚Äôs room in the artist‚Äôs apartment. By framing a natural occurrence (sunrise), a landscape (Manhattan skyline), a chosen hour (before the workday begins), and an intrapsychic state (‚Äėmatrescence‚Äô), the video occupies a liminal space between interior and exterior, conscious and unconscious and embodies the inherent contradiction between daydreaming and productive labor. In this framework, ‚Äėfree time‚Äô is rendered paradoxical through the artist‚Äôs effort to translate life into art. Modes of reflexivity and ‚Äėmirroring‚Äô (mental, physical, metaphorical) run throughout Rodriguez‚Äôs exhibition while the reveries engage the often-conflicting temporal demands of exhibition-making and caregiving. Drone cinematography, ubiquitous in modern warfare, is tested as a medium to convey tenderness and intimacy. "Imitation of Life" also features two off-site projects in the vicinity of the Kunstverein M√ľnchen. Following previous solo projects, namely "The Maid" (2018) and "La Collectionneuse" (2013), Rodriguez once again works in sets of three. In her Munich exhibition, the artist connects three distinct institutions of self-cultivation: the museum, the school, and the cinema.

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