Coastal/Border

Angels Gate Cultural Center | San Pedro, CA

September 12, 2017 - December 17, 2017

Coastal/Border

September 12, 2017 - December 17, 2017

Six Southern California-based artists lead multimedia projects mapping the geopolitical implications that anchor one of the largest ports situated in San Pedro in its daily negotiation of national border. Work produced examines the impact of these negotiations as part of a larger conversation about the United States border.

Curators: Raquel Gutiérrez and Martabel Wasserman

Featured Artists: Mecca Vazie Andrews, Edgar Fabián Frías, Paul Pescador, Jimena Sarno, Dany Naierman and Sebastian Hernandez.

Curatorial Statement: How is a territory recognized as sovereign—where climate and a citizenry under duress are taken into account within the logic of economic prosperity? According to urban historian Gilbert Estrada the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have helped transform the sprawling metropolis into the largest business investment in America. As a significant center for international trade, Southern California is part of a $8.9 trillion global exchange that also facilitates a contemporary U.S. trade deficit with China, the largest trade deficit in world history. The ports receive and send out just under 14 million containers annually, making it one of the largest seaports in the world. The port as it is situated five miles away from Angel’s Gate Cultural Center is the physical mediary to the materiality of territorial waters or a territorial sea is constituted by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. In this named sovereign territory of the state foreign ships (civilian) are allowed passage through it; this sovereignty also extends to the airspace over and seabed below. Adjustment of these boundaries is called, in international law, maritime delimitation (which is applied to the disputes between nations over maritime claims). The term "territorial waters" is an umbrella term used to refer to any area of water over which a state has jurisdiction, including internal waters, the contiguous zone, the exclusive economic zone and potentially the continental shelf. Embedded in these legal designations and histories of trade is an understanding that the coast and its waters surround the border and hosts within its natural environment the logic of arbitrary delineation that separate nation-states from each other. How does the ocean—something that brings calm and hosts worlds of life—becomes implicated in the histories and legacies of militarism and colonialism within and surrounding the area of the Los Angeles Harbor Region? How is colonialism given a post-prefix when the global market continues to funnel indigenous bodies into exploitative labor matrices of practice?

Remembering these specters of labor that reside within embodied histories and in the landscape is a vital part of Coastal/Border as visioned by the six artists who have produced a multi-platform investigation exploring how histories of Los Angeles/Latin America continue to map the geopolitical implications that anchor one of the largest ports situated in San Pedro in its daily negotiation of national border. The work produced examines the impact of these negotiations as part of a larger conversation about the United States border and its continued antagonism against citizens of other countries who are forced out economically and into precarious waters. The works here also engage with communities found along the 110 and 710 freeways as a way to collectively explore the coast as a border to create ongoing dialogues about these histories and legacies. It is through these conversations that inform the ways relational exchanges attempt to disrupt the modes that economic trade negatively impact the lives of those who live in Los Angeles and its Harbor Region.

Angels Gate Cultural Center

Address: 3601 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731 | Phone: (310) 519-0936 | Email: info@angelsgateart.org

Admission: Free | Hours: Monday - Friday 10am-5pm | Saturday - Sunday 12pm-5pm

Parking: Free. There are two entrances to Angels Gate Park and Angels Gate Cultural Center. The driveway at 36th Street and Gaffey Street is normally locked after sunset. The main gate at 32nd Street will remain open and lighted until 10 p.m.

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Banner Image: Sebastian Hernandez, Skeletal Figure, watercolor, 6'' x 8'' 2017.