By severing the image from its original context, Elijah Guerra disrupts the material cultures of print magazines and books that profit from tourism, elitist investment, and the imperial gaze. From there, he assembles image fragments into new systems of meaning about the environmental crisis, the search for home, and humanity’s place in the universe. His collages present new ways to imagine the past, present, and future of human life beyond the limitations of capitalism and realism.
Elijah Guerra is a Latino artist who makes handmade analog collages. His work explores themes such as environmental crisis, the search for home, and humanity’s place in the universe. His collages have appeared in WashU’s The Spectacle magazine. He lives in Columbia, Missouri, and is a literature PhD student at University of Missouri.