On the Ground presents new work arising from artists’ relationship to particular localities. San Francisco. O’ahu. Cairo. The North coast of Egypt. Tijuana. Puerto Rico and its diaspora. Mexico City, Puebla, Monterrey and Queretaro. The artists in On the Ground build from the specific codes and nuances of these places, creating their own narratives and gestures that begin to reveal or reimagine their communities. Whether through community engagement, historical research, musical performance or language, each artist delves into a specific facet of a site’s cultural structure. While each artist has taken his or her own approach to interpreting and dissecting a locality, all of their projects emerge from an honest reflection on the terms and textures of their respective sites. From the particularities of each community, they help to build a sense of differences and shared dynamics globally and locally.