The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is proud to present Somewhere in Between: Los Angeles,
a video installation by artist Bia Gayotto. With the installation, Gayotto investigates how people respond to navigating and inhabiting two or more places and cultures. Through an open call, she invited Los Angeles-area residents living along Route 66 who identify as bi- or multicultural to participate in an interview and video shoot that examines life in fourteen neighborhoods along the route from Pasadena to Santa Monica, including Chinatown, Echo Park, Little Armenia, and Thai Town. The questions Gayotto asked of the participants were designed to stimulate dialogue reflecting the pluralities of place, identity, and belonging.
Gayotto has been working on the series Somewhere in Between for over two years, centering previous iterations in Silicon Valley and Chicago. In the context of her oeuvre, the series is a natural evolution of Gayotto’s exploration of identity and culture and how they influence where and how people live as well as the places and objects they encounter. Much of Gayotto’s work is collaborative; she engages friends, other artists, or in most cases, people who respond to open calls.
Inspired by the composer John Cage, who composed music through chance procedures, she likewise embraces and encourages chance in her projects, and often allows the participants to dictate the course of her work.
By juxtaposing cityscapes, architecture, and domestic settings with images of the participants performing simple, everyday actions and a soundtrack that consists of abstract music and ambient sound, Gayotto explores the experiences of those who live in an intercultural space and offers a broader, multilayered portrait of the greater Los Angeles area.
Bia Gayotto is a Brazilian-American artist and educator currently living in Los Angeles. She obtained an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996, and her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally, including at the Orange County Museum of Art; LA Freewaves; Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Gendai Gallery, Toronto; Asian Pacific American Institute, New York; The Breeder Project, Athens; and Museum of Image and Sound, São Paulo. She has received numerous grants and awards including the City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A) Fellowship and Individual Artist Grant from The City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division. Currently, she serves as adjunct faculty at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
This exhibition is made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, and is supported by the Board of Directors of the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Bia Gayotto is a recipient of an ARC Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation.