2018 SUMMER ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE: GEOGRAPHIES OF THE INVISIBLE LINE

Davis Birks / USA / Mexico, Doris Schamp / Austria, Luciana Abait / Argentina / Los Angeles

 

August 20 - October 1, 2018

Artist Reception September 8, 2018

Curated by Marisa Ciachiolo

Sponsored by The General Consulate of Austria in Los Angeles and the Institute Vallartense of Culture, Mexico. Supported by BBAX’s partnership with the Diversity Apprenticeship Program at The Broad. Special Thanks to Annamarie Léon from The Broad’s DAP Program.

Known for its vast ethnic diversity, Los Angeles is, too, a city of dichotomies and powerful contrasts where fame and poverty cohabit and compete for the same space and attention. As such, these two realities, which may appear to be mutually exclusive on paper, have become of 

importance in the art field and to local and international artists in general. 

 

That is why this year’s program encourages its three participating artists to embrace and go beyond these two concepts to explore displacement, homelessness, national borders and the refugees’ crisis across the world.  

 

In recent years, we have witnessed powerful driving forces like globalization shape the world in which we live and trigger the reformulation of well-established concepts that include space and the geography and the size of large cities. As a result, these forces have also shaken the art world. 

 

When we examine the idea of space from an artistic standpoint, we must raise questions about how some of today’s representations and influences make us reconsider our notions of equality, security, absence and identity. While space is a geographic and visually tangible concept that we can clearly grasp and pinpoint, concepts like ‘borders’ usually carry both a visible and an invisible layer.

One of this summer’s artists is Doris Schamp. For the Austrian artist, becoming a witness to LA’s widespread homeless crisis is like a journey down memory line and back to Vienna, her hometown Each encounter with a homeless person in LA is an opportunity to revive and bring to life that person’s life-story in her artwork. 
 
Another participating artist is Argentinean Luciana Abait, who presents “Off the Map,” a project that captures the essence of displacement, experienced by people who leave behind their lives, roots and hometown and struggle to find a new place they can call “home” and for a renewed sense of identity. 
 
Though he is based in Mexico, American artist Davis Birks delves into the refugees’ crisis in “Uprooted,” an installation that represents with plants the struggle faced by innocent civilians forced to leave their homes to protect themselves and their loved ones in areas of armed conflict. The piece also speaks to how governments’ policies may limit asylum options for those afflicted.

 OUR SUPPORTERS 

Supported in part by a grant from the City of Santa Monica

National Performance

Network (NPN)

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

OUR PARTNERS

QATAR VISUAL ARTS CENTER 

 

MINISTRY OF CULTURE, ARTS AND HERITAGE QATAR

KATARA ART CENTER 

 

NATIONAL AFFAIR

FOR CULTURE AND THE ARTS

MUSEO DE LAS ARTES UNIVERSIDAD

DE GUADALAJARA

IFITRY RESIDENCY OF ARTISTS

UNIVERSITY OF ARTS BAJA CALIFORNIA

CULTURAL INSTITUTE

OF BAJA CALIFORNIA

CONTEMPORARY ART

PLATFORM - CHILE

ARTE AL LIMITE

CENTER OF THE 

ARTS ESTACION 

ANTOFAGASTA - CHILE

BICE BUGATTI

CLUB

CENTRE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN

ESSAOUIRA 

REDLINE

CONTEMPORARY 

ARTS CENTER

LA ART SHOW

CONTEMPORARY

EXPRESSIONS OF ART

MAROC PREMIUM

FOUNDATION

THE BROAD

KAI 10 ARTHENA FOUNDATION

INTERNATIONAL 

BIENNIAL

OF CASABLANCA

MOPLA

CENTER OF THE ARTS

ENSENADA, BC, MEXICO

SANTO TOMAS

CULTURAL ART CENTER

ART SCI CENTER UCLA

VILLA AURORA +

THOMAS MANN HOUSE

IASAS

UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED

ARTS VIENNA

CONSULATE GENERAL

OF POLAND

SENATE OF BERLIN

NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION

ITALIAN CULTURAL

INSTITUTE OF

LOS ANGELES

LUCIE FOUNDATION

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