Talking to Action:

Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas

Ben Maltz Gallery | Otis College of Art and Design | Los Angeles, CA

September 17, 2017 - December 10, 2017

Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas

September 17, 2017 - December 10, 2017

Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas investigates contemporary community-based socially-engaged art by artists from both Latin America and Los Angeles. It features a range of practices that blur the lines between object making, political and environmental activism, community organizing, and performance art, through the work of contemporary artists and collectives from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and the US. The social practice artists included in Talking to Action address critical issues such as migration and memory, critical spatial mapping, environmental issues, gender rights and legislation, indigenous knowledge, and racial violence.

The exhibition features a diverse array of projects, such as the collaboration between Buenos Aires-based artist Eduardo Molinari and Los Angeles artist Sandra de la Loza as they research the archives and history of the production of space and landscape in their respective cities; SEFT-1 (Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada), a playfully futuristic vehicle created by Andrés Padilla Domene and Iván Puig Domene to explore disused railroads in order to map the history of capital development in their country; and São Paulo-based Frente 3 de Fevereiro, who use cartography, film, and urban intervention to trace the violent lineage of “exporting” militarization and social control of Afro communities within the historic conflicts in Medellín, Colombia, to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and the natural disasters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Curator: Bill Kelley, Jr.

Featured Artists: Liliana Angulo Cortés, Efraín Astorga, BijaRi, Giacomo Castagnola, Cog•nate Collective, Colectivo FUGA, Sandra de la Loza & Eduardo Molinari, Dignicraft, Colectivo Etcétera..., Frente 3 de Fevereiro, Grupo Contrafilé, Clara Ianni & Débora Maria da Silva, Iconoclasistas, Kolectivo de Restauración Territorial, Suzanne Lacy, Alfadir Luna, Taniel Morales, Andrés Padilla Domene & Iván Puig Domene, POLEN, Gala Porras-Kim, and Ultra-red.

Please join us for our opening reception! Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3-5pm. Curator-led walk-thru at 3:30pm.

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Banner images (left to right): Alfadir Luna, El Señor del Maíz, 2011, Chromogenic print, Colección Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, photo: Ana Ortiz. Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, SEFT-1 [Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada], 2006-2011, photo courtesy of the artists.