S.O.S. (Save Our States)
S.O.S. is a group traveling art exhibition showcasing artists from the states of Arizona and California programmed for display in the downtown areas of Long Beach, CA and Phoenix, AZ. Fostering a relationship between neighboring states whose recent political disagreements stemming from legislation of Prop 1070, the exhibition seeks to explore the issues of personal and political identity, citizenship and the effects of media.
S.O.S., or Save Our States, refers to a controversial bill named Prop 187 passed in 1994 by the voters of California. The law’s aim was to prohibit illegal immigrants from receiving social services from the State of California. After statewide protests and national threats of boycott, the law was deemed unconstitutional by then-Governor Gray Davis.
The exhibition seeks to explore the relationship between bordering states and the dynamics caused by political agendas and sensationalist media. It is meant to be a show of solidarity in a time where partisan politics and hypocrisy overshadow neighborly concepts and civility. This mixed media exploration focuses on photography, video, performance and sculpture.
S.O.S. is made possible by a generous mini-grant from the Ted Decker Catalyst Fund in partnership with the MexiCali Biennial, a microgrant from F.A.R. (Foundation for Art Resources) and Arts Council Long Beach, and Phantom Galleries Long Beach.