June 2-Septmeber 29, 2013
“While the realities of cancer are harrowing, da Costa…leave[s] the viewer with feelings of empowerment and hope.” ~ Richard Chang, The Orange County Register
The fourth show of Laguna Art Museum’s ex·pose series features the last project of Beatriz da Costa, who passed away on December 27, 2012 at age 38. Dying for the Other, a triptych video installation, offers a parallel consideration of mice used in breast cancer research alongside scenes from the artist’s own life. Da Costa suffered from breast cancer and underwent intense medical treatment to combat the disease. Her installation addresses part of our collective social consciousness—pursuing the advancement of science and medicine, but doing so at the sacrifice of other “less intelligent” beings.