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Elena Bajo at 18th Street Arts Center

Ceramic pieces made by local artisans using clay mixed with soil from destroyed indigenous burial site in Playa Vista

Ceramic pieces made by local artisans using clay mixed with soil from destroyed indigenous burial site in Playa Vista

The concept at the 18th Street Arts Center is a uniquely inspiring one.  The organization supports an artist residency program whereby the artist lives and works on site at the campus.  The gallery space serves not only as the exhibition site but also as the artist’s studio.  Their Artist Lab Residency showcases the artist’s process as the work is being created for the show, enabling the public to interact with the artist and engage in the act of art making as it is happening.

Their current resident artist project is Elena Bajo’s With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch).  During her residency, Bajo will investigate the “sculptural anarchive” of suppressed political histories, extending her research to California’s geopolitical context.  The space will fluctuate as she invites new artists to examine the site of Santa Monica and collaborate with her on the topics of indigenous history, contemporary development and issues of labor and social injustice.

Throughout the course of the exhibition, the space will host “interventions”: conversations with Bajo and a panel of artists who are participating in the project.

Elena Bajo With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch) 

January 13 – March 28th, 2014

18th Street Arts Center/Main Gallery

1639 18th St

Santa Monica, CA 90404

18thstreet.org

Elena Bajo's With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch)

Elena Bajo’s With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch)

 

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