Tuesday, April 20, 2010

OFF FENCE. Art on the Californian-Mexican Border

Michelle Chong, Katya Gardea Browne, Ed Gomez, Luis G. Hernandez, Camilo Ontiveros.

Opening: Friday, 23 April, 2010, 8 PM
Artist Talk with Michelle Chong: Sunday, 25 April, 2010, 4PM

The exhibition runs 24 April - 22 May, 2010
Open: Fri - Sun, 2-6PM

left Camilo Ontiveros, CAUTION: the freeway interventions (2005); right Katya Gardea Browne, Tijuana Girl Crossing (2009)

Art Laboratory Berlin is pleased to announce OFF FENCE. Art on the Californian-Mexican Border, an exhibition project produced in cooperation with the Los Angeles based curating team SHORT HOUSE. OFF FENCE is an artistic platform for exploring the cultural overflow, overlap and tensions in the border region of Southern California and Northwest Mexico.

The exhibition uses the city of Los Angeles, the largest urban center of this region as a starting point for working on themes of migration, ethnicity and cross-cultural influences between Mexico and Southern California. A major topic in the exhibition is the Mexico-US border itself.

The artists in OFF FENCE have each taken individual approaches to both the border and its implications for Mexican and Mexican-American identity. Michelle Chong and Luis G. Hernandez's works explore ethnic identity from a linguistic viewpoint. The work of Ed Gomez and Camilo Ontiveros deals with the political and economic effects of cultural rupture. The work of Katya Gardea Browne, an artist from Mexico City, explores the personal, physical and geographic structures that dominate the border region.
(more information)

In Cooperation with SHORT HOUSE, Los Angeles,


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