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Fia Backström, Fossil; x4.5 View (Food remains, unknown content, extracted from gap between teeth), December 14, 2017, 2018, ink-jet print on Plexiglas, 17 1/2 x 20 1/4".

Fia Backström

Callicoon Fine Arts

Fia Backström, Fossil; x4.5 View (Food remains, unknown content, extracted from gap between teeth), December 14, 2017, 2018, ink-jet print on Plexiglas, 17 1/2 x 20 1/4".

Despite its title, “A Vaudeville on Mankind in Time and Space” was more of a poetic observation of our strange present moment on earth. To the right of the gallery’s entrance hung two shelves lined with Plexiglas plates that appeared to be smeared with a white substance, as if they were slides of bacteria being prepared for laboratory testing. These “smears” were in fact engravings, each spelling out a prefix or suffix for describing intersections of the body, politics, and the environment: SOCIO-, -ROTIC, E-, -ZONE, POLY-, -TICAL, BIO-, and –DEMIC. This installation, flexible fragmentation-compression process (all works 2018), established the material and topical framework of the show, which featured fourteen specially printed photographs mounted on variously colored rectangles of Plexiglas.

At once forensic, intimate, political, and alien, Backström’s pictures—some of which

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