Ni Chana ni Juana

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© Courtesy of 18th Street Arts Center
Ni Chana ni Juana

1639 18th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
November 16th, 2013 - December 13th, 2013
Opening: November 16th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

santa monica/venice
(310) 453-3711
Mon-Fri 11-5:30

Join us this Saturday from 6 - 9pm for the opening of Ni Chana Ti-Juana, an exposition of work produced during the first-year project in the Otis Graduate Public Practice Program after three trips to Camino Verde, a community in Tijuana.

Not one or the other, neither here nor there, 'ni Chana ni Juana' is an expression used in Mexico to emphasize the ambiguous nature of a given situation. In that spirit, this project deals with the contingent relationship between the participating artists and Camino Verde.

This 'exposición' focuses on the ethical and practical dimensions of artists entering a community. Some of the participating artists have chosen to expose the underlying power structures and their own feelings of vulnerability, while others have decided to bypass the larger governing structure of the institution. These efforts are focused on small-scale moments of relation that activate a shared human experience across numerous borders.

La exposición Ni Chana Ti-Juana represents the culmination of field research conducted by the Otis Graduate Public Practice Program first year project in Camino Verde, Tijuana, facilitated by Bill Kelley Jr., Polen Audiovisual, and Cog*nate Collective. Developed in collaboration with partners such as Centro Comunitario Camino Verde and Casa de las Ideas, as well as the generosity of Camino Verde community organizers Apolonio Rodríguez, Alma Teresa, Tico Orozco, and María Guadalupe Mejía, among others.

The exhibition will be open through December, culminating in a conversation at the Otis Graduate Public Practice studios on December 7 at 12pm.

Artist Bios

Víctor Albarracín is a former artist, a former writer and a former educator and rock band member. Currently he's just a student struggling with his language limitations.

Claudia Borgna graduated in fine arts from the London Metropolitan University, UK. She has been attending several fellowship artists' residencies and exhibiting her work internationally as well as being awarded the Pollock-Krasner Grant and the Royal British Society of Sculptor Award.

Noé Gaytán is an artist, writer, and curator. His art deals with public space, urbanism, art history, and the idea of art itself. He writes art reviews of contemporary art in Los Angeles on Platinum Cheese. Since 2012 he has been curator of Nomad Art Project.

Tonya Ingram is a New York University alumna, a Cincinnati native, a Bronx-bred introvert and the author of Growl and Snare.  Her poetry has traveled to Ghana, California, Michigan, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., New York, The Literary Bohemian, and Youtube.

Carol Zou is a compulsive collectivizer and guerilla knitter. She co-organizes the public fiber art collective, Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, whose participatory knit projects engage issues of public/private space, women's work, wish fulfillment, how to exist in an informal capacity vis a vis the institution, and most recently, gentrification.

Mario Mesquita is an advocate, educator, organizer, and artist. His work explores social constructs of relationships between the personal and community sphere. Formally trained in graphic arts at the University of Oregon, his art encompasses the graphical to the situational, the printed to the curated celebrated event. As a native Oregonian and recent transplant to Los Angeles, his most recent challenge has been getting used to the Southern Californian sun.

Estephany Campos is an artist/mentor born and raised in the heart of South Central Los Angeles. Raised under traditional Mexican-American values, her practice consists of staged photography/mixed media intended to capture ideas about women's trials in life. She graduated from the University of California Riverside with a BA in Studio Art and is now pursuing her MFA in Fine Arts Public Practice at the Otis School of Art and Design. Influenced by her family's history of community involvement; Campos is interested in bringing art to the masses and raising questions about the art community's exclusivity.