Desert X 2023

Desert X 2023



“Contrary to the archetype, a desert is not defined by the absence of water. The desert landscape is formed by the memory of water.”






Desert X 2023
Coachella Valley, CA
March 4 – May 7
Curated by Desert X Artistic Director Neville Wakefield and Co-curator Diana Campbell.

Participating Artists:

Rana Begum, b. 1977, Bangladesh, based in London
Lauren Bon, b. 1962, USA, based in Los Angeles
Gerald Clarke, b. 1967, USA, based in Anza, California
Paloma Contreras Lomas, b. 1991, Mexico, based in Mexico City
Torkwase Dyson, b. 1973, USA, based in Beacon, New York
Mario García Torres, b.1975, Mexico, based in Mexico City
Hylozoic/Desires (Himali Singh Soin, b. 1987, India, based in London and Delhi and David Soin Tappeser, b.1985, Germany, based in London and Delhi)
Matt Johnson, b. 1978, USA, based in Los Angeles
Tschabalala Self, b. 1990, USA, based in New York
Marina Tabassum, b. 1968, Bangladesh, based in Dhaka
Héctor Zamora, b. 1974, Mexico, based in Mexico City


We’ve been following and contributing to Desert X with strategic connections since its launch in 2017 and we cannot wait to be in the desert sun again this weekend, especially because of our friend Lauren Bon being amongst the participating artists! She’s just magnificent. And able to bend the river back.

The exhibition examines social and environmental themes with a focus on the changes that give form to a world increasingly shaped by climate crisis, globalism, and the political and economic migrations that follow in their wake.

The 2023 Desert X does not forget water. It flows with the circulation and changes of water across states, bodies, and time, celebrating the interconnectedness of life on our planet and the tenacity and imagination needed to maintain life on it across extremes.

Our structures of survival in these extremes speak not just to the physical adaptations of climate but to the social formations that give form to a world increasingly shaped by climate crisis and the political and economic migrations that follow in its wake.

The artists in the exhibition create instruments of self-awareness that make visible the forces that we exert on the world: how we design our environments, how we live, the messages we send that reinforce systems that might or might not be beneficial for us.

Exhibition Dates: March 4 – May 7, 2023

Opening hours and locations: Exhibition opening hours are generally from sunrise to sunset, however, hours and access to installations may vary. Visitors are encouraged to check details for each artist’s work at Free Admission.

The Desert X 2023 map of artist installations will be available for visitors to download online from March 4 at and via the Desert X app.

Desert X Hub at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club
701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs
Stop by to pick up your Desert X 2023 guide, the map of artist installations, and visitor information.
Visit for opening hours.

Pop-In Store – Super Number One x DX 21
463 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
Stop by for Desert X swag, made with Windmill City Printing and other local companies.
Visit for hours.