City of Los Angeles
Department of Cultural Affairs
Ours is a City of Writers
FEBRUARY 5 to MARCH 26, 2017
The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs’
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Presents
S/Election addresses issues around citizenship that have been increasingly prominent leading up to the 45th presidential election. The constructs of citizenship are constantly shifting, especially in conversation with politically pressing issues such as voting rights, immigration reform, education reform, identity politics, and criminal justice. S/Election responds to various inquiries around citizenship such as, what does it mean to be an active citizen or exercise your rights, what does the status of “citizen” imply to those that are disenfranchised, displaced, immigrants, or refugees, and how does identity play into the privileges and/or duties of citizenship.
Artists: Aytaam Al Turab, James Berson, Marco Braunschweiler, Bethany Collins, Dorit Cypis, Timothy Durant, Kathie Foley-Meyer, Charles Gaines, Martin Gantman, Ramiro Gomez, Carla Jay Harris, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Olga Koumoundouros, Olga Lah, Mara Lonner, Narsiso Martinez, Jennifer Moon, Margaret Noble, Rubén Ortiz Torres, taisha paggett with WXPT, Leopoldo Peña, Linda Pollack, Jamie Powell, Neil Rivas, Andy Robert, Monica Rodriguez, Stephanie Sabo, Daniel Schwarz, Cintia Alejandra Segovia, Matt Sheridan, Jane Szabo, and Jody Zellen
Olga Koumoundouros. Ice Box,, 2013
Jennifer Moon, Prison Relics, 2012
James Berson, Peaceful Protest Helmet, 2016
Bethany Collins, Study for A Pattern or Practice, 2015
Mara Lonner, Privacy Burnout, 2014
Performance works and educational events during S/Election
Thursday, December 15, 7 to 9:30 PM
Geographies of Displacement will bring together five anti-gentrification groups across East and South Los Angeles: Crenshaw Subway Coalition, Defend Boyle Heights, North East Los Angeles Alliance, L.A. Tenants Union, and Uplifting Inglewood. In this discussion, groups will share their organizing work, contextualize the specific ways in which gentrification is taking place in their neighborhoods, and address how the role of the culture industry opens communities to speculative real estate practices. They will also deliberate how practices of solidarity can develop into a city-wide movement against unjust displacement
UNdocumentary is a public reading of Khoshgozaran’s “declaration for seeking asylum in the U.S” against the backdrop of a video projection. The video is comprised of virtual visits to random locations in Tehran where Google+ users have uploaded panorama pictures of the city on Google Maps. UNdocumentary enacts the failure to document or translate a queer, political subject. The performance features Andrea Keichian and sound by Jimena Sarno.
WXPT is a temporary, experimental community of queer people of color and allies, dancers and non-dancers alike. taisha paggett is a Los Angeles based artist and choreographer.
Citizenship is broadly defined as being obligated to obey the laws and duties assigned by one’s government in exchange for legal rights and privileges granted by that government. But we can also say that citizenship is more than a legal designation. It is also a cultural ideal. It is infused with moral meaning, and trades in principles, values, and expectations that derive from cultural, social and historical perspectives. In this workshop, we will explore the meaning of citizenship as it relates to issues of cultural identity. Here you will be free and encouraged to write about what it means to be a citizen in a nation where there are strict divides between economic privilege and poverty, immigration and law enforcement, even free speech and the restriction of open discourse. How does language and identity play into the notion of citizenship? The only requirement for this workshop is an open mind, the courage to speak your truth and a willing heart.
Past S/Election events
“Fear and Loathing the Constitution; What this election reveals about the extent we understand and uphold the Constitution” With Allan Ides, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, in conversation with Linda Pollack
Within the framework of My Daily Constitution (MDC), a Constitution Café is a public gathering organized around a particular topic, with the purpose of a rigorous examination of the topic through the prism of the Constitution. Constitution Cafés take place most Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4PM
Join artists and community leaders for lively conversations that explores citizenship. Moderated by Ernesto Rocha.
Ernesto Rocha, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Narisiso Matinez, Artist in S/Election
Carla Jay Harris, Artist in S/Election
Remi Khayyat, Artist in S/Election
Patricia M. Villasenor, Human Relations Commission
Hellen Hong, First Place for Youth
This hands-on workshop brings together artists, educators and organizers who work stimulates democratic participation in addition to structures of voting. Addressing concerns for equitable representation in a rigged economic and racially biased electoral system, and asserting than no person is “illegal,” we will explore participation in a democratic society as an “expanded citizen.” Presenters, including Gregory Sale in collaboration with the Anti-Recidivism Coalition and Clare Fox of the Food Policy Council, will share and instruct us in direct community action methods used in their organizing work to affect local and regional politics on the streets in their communities.
Andrew Gumbel, journalist and author of “Down for the Count” which explores the disturbing history of elections in the United States, and Jennifer Pae, Director of Fair Vote California, to introduce the Ranked Choice Voting as an innovation that can reform voting culture.Constitution Cafés take place most Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4pm.
Join artists and community leaders for a lively conversation that explores democracy.
Moderator – Farrah Karapetian
Mike M. Abdeen, Sergeant – County of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department
Jennifer Moon – Artist in S/Election
Stephanie Sabo – Artist in S/Election
Patricia Ortiz – Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project
Led by students from Hoover High School and teachers Mary Anna Pomonis and Allison Stewart, Citizenship looks like is a workshop examining the various ways in which youth think about the status of citizenship.
Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2017 at 11:32 am