Talking to Action investigates contemporary community-based art and social practices in Latin America and Los Angeles. Part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America, I am working as curatorial consultant at Otis with the lead curator/researcher Bill Kelley Jr. During 2014-2015 artists and investigators participated in collaborative research that culminated in a series of symposia 2015. The second phase will be a large-scale, multi-platform exhibition at the Ben Maltz Gallery September – December 2017 that will be accompanied by pubic programs and a comprehensive bilingual publication.
Rather than consider the LA/LA relationship from one side only – the perspective from Los Angeles towards Latin America –we are attempting to build a direct dialogue with artists and researchers across the hemisphere to discuss issues and art practices in common, and to provide a platform for artists who freely blur the lines between object making, political and environmental activism, community organizing, and performance.
The Talking to Action blog presents the research phase to the public through field reports from around the globe written by researchers from the United States, Europe and Latin America. These posts prioritize community-specific, dialogical art practices that would otherwise elude the traditional curatorial model of research, and facilitate the understanding of artists’ work within local contexts.
The Talking to Action exhibition will create specific platforms for artistic, research and pedagogical processes within gallery spaces, video and film screenings, performances, public programs and the classroom. These multiple platforms will accommodate the various transdisciplinary practices to address local and global issues in both Latin America and LA including migration and memory; critical mapping and cartographic practices; environmental issues and policies; gender rights and legislation; indigenous culture; violence and policing tactics through both existing work and new collaborations.