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Boz Deseo Garden (b. 1997) is a writer and artist based in an iteration of The Plantation (Los Angeles), whose research-based practice navigates the uses and deficits of theory and material or theory as material (and vice versa). Their research engages and considers histories of environmental intoxication, the study of semiotics/hermeneutics as such, and the yoking of Black flesh to other-than/non-matter through signification and necropolitical arrangements of space and mythos as expressions of the afterlives of Slavery. For Garden, these histories draw out how the constitutive limit of and condition of possibility for study, material, and theory are marked by (the threat and promise of) Blackness. From this, their practice uses suspension and horror as spaces from which to critique extractive desires for black figuration within an art/writing practice and the World at large. Their first solo exhibition, Does One Write About an Encounter With Nothing, opened at Jargon Projects (Chicago, IL) on August 26th-October 2nd, 2022. They have a forthcoming solo exhibition at Petrine, Paris (FR) in the summer of 2023. They received their BFA from California Institute of the Arts and are an MFA candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles.