The title of Cyrill Lachauer’s exhibition “What Do You Want Here” is a phrase the German artist heard often as he traveled through neglected, sometimes impoverished regions of the American West and along the Mississippi River. There, he made films and photographs that he calls “narrative landscapes,” inhabited by the cultural and historical references that initially preoccupied him as a student of ethnologya discipline he ultimately abandoned in favor of the radical subjectivity of making art.
His film Dodging RaindropsA Separate Reality, 2016–17, retraces the steps of Carlos Castaneda from Los Angeles to Nogales, Arizonaas recounted in A Separate Reality: Further Conversations with Don Juan (1971), one of the fictional works that Castaneda passed off as serious anthropological study. It includes a series of vignettes featuring characters whose largely staged
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