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Closed until November 23 during the installation of Fault Metaphors present by the Museum of Latin American Art
THE MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART (MOLAA)
PRESENTS FAULT METHAPHORS AT THE COLLABORATIVE
A PROJECT OF THE
ARTS COUNCIL FOR LONG BEACH & THE MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART
NOVEMBER 23, 2013 TO JANUARY 12, 2014
(OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2013, 7:00 - 9:00 PM)
Fault Metaphors, curated by Felipe Zúñiga González & Abril Castro-Prieto, articulates two views of the city of Tijuana developed by artists Mónica Arreola and Omar Pimienta. The metaphor of failure is illustrated by the dystopia that Tijuana, as other cities in Latin America, represents in terms of social and urban issues. The proposals by these two artists are based on poetic distancing and refer to issues such as immigration, the neglect of the Mexican State in relationship to projects of social housing and the immigration crisis that Mexico suffers.
Arreola brings the metaphor to life through the genre of landscape photography. Using an aesthetic strategy in which she documents abandoned residential developments, Arreola creates ghost-like images that depict the ruins of the urbanization that took place during the first decades of the 21st Century, something seen in the United States as well as other Latin-American cities - remember the urban catastrophes related to the real-state bubble in Florida in recent years and the problems in cities such as New Orleans and Detroit. These new ruins, with their lack of inhabitants, reveal the mistakes made by real-estate developers and politicians whose capitalistic profit motives supersede the tenets of good urban planning.
Pimienta takes us in a completely different direction. His work is in homage to Colonia Libertad (Liberty neighborhood) located on the borderline between Tijuana (Mexico) and San Ysidro (U.S.). This neighborhood, famed locally on many different levels, is one of the oldest settlements in the city. La Liber is a case model of a development taking root in a city of immigrants. Lady Libertad is a project that feeds into the action presented in Mobile Consulate in which Pimienta exchanges the passports (expired) of exhibition visitors with Colonia Libertad passports which gives them the right to free transit within Colonia Libertad. Exchanging immigration identification documents is an abstract act of poetic and utopian transformation that disrupts one of the powers of the state as it grants its citizens the undeletable margins of legal identity (name, place of birth, and right of free transit).
By exhibiting these two proposals together, the curators seek to highlight the research conducted by the artists, both born in Tijuana during the seventies and both aesthetically focused on the city while distancing themselves from solely exploring "border" issues.
About The Collaborative:
Photo Credit: Jason Stabile
The Collaborative, a public art project of the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), presents exhibitions that raise awareness of both emerging artists and innovative approaches to art. This unique partnership is made possible with the support of Lyon Communities and Gallery 421.
421 West Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
Hours of Operation
Tuesday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m, Sunday by appointment.
Phone: (562) 590-9119
Admission to The Collaborative is free. Two hours free parking available with The Collaborative validation.