A PROJECT OF THE ARTS COUNCIL FOR LONG BEACH AND THE MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART / WHERE EVER YOU ROAM
November 3, 2012 – January 13, 2013
Curated by María Elena Ortiz
Banners, occupations and graffiti have become political metaphors of the act of protest. Nowadays, the use of a banner is rarely an act of resistance that could ignite --as seen in the 1960s-- the civil fervor necessary to support a proposition for the improvement of situations such as financial inequality, unemployment, debt, corruption and fraud elections. These can barely be seen as tools to influence the socioeconomic order. Nonetheless, from 2010 to 2012 millions of people rallied around the world demanding for alternatives. Even recently, a group of university students in Mexico City, the 132 Movement, occupied the streets calling for a democratic election; but yet neither has the Occupy Wall Street nor the Indignados in Spain have manage to impact the complex network of state and corporate establishment of the globalized society. Where ever you roam is an exhibition that investigates the artifacts used to demand democratic alternatives in the public sphere, but also evokes a reflection on the protesting strategies of our times. Pushing the boundaries of political correctness and social protocol, the art works in the exhibition reconsider political norms to question their relevance as tool for social emancipation. Where ever you roam presents the work of José Carlos Martinant (Peru), Joaquín Segura (Mexico), Jason Mena (Puerto Rico) and Juan Caloca (Mexico). These artists center their particular artistic investigations towards the archeology of a manifestation as a normative system, and the creative outlets necessary to ignite the cry of an opposing voice.
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