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Rafa Esparza: de la Calle (April 22-July 15)


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 Rafa Esparza  building: a simulacrum of power , 2014 Performance with Rebeca Hernandez on the site of Michael Parker’s  The Unfinished  (2014) The Bowtie Project, Los Angeles, August 24, 2014 Commissioned by Clockshop, Los Angeles Photo: Dylan Schwartz

Rafa Esparza
building: a simulacrum of power, 2014
Performance with Rebeca Hernandez on the site of Michael Parker’s The Unfinished (2014)
The Bowtie Project, Los Angeles, August 24, 2014
Commissioned by Clockshop, Los Angeles
Photo: Dylan Schwartz

Rafa Esparza’s (b. 1981, Los Angeles) multifaceted, often collaborative practice involves durational performance and sculpture, and considers the impact of migration, colonization, and collective histories on the formation of identity and communities. Esparza’s recent projects have questioned the centrality of artistic authorship, with the artist ceding space and resources to invited artists and cultural producers.

For de la Calle (of the Street) at Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Esparza will transform the Project Room into a commons, serving as a site for exhibition, production, and collaboration, with an assembled group of local artists and nightlife personalities working on site with the artist to produce works to display at the museum, in a special edition artist book, and a culminating performance event in Santee Alley, an open-air market in the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles. de la Calle is the Los Angeles-based artist’s first solo museum presentation.

Produced in collaboration with Victor Barragan, Josh Castillo, Amina Cruz, Fabian Guerrero, Sebastian Hernandez, Young Joon Kwak, Dorian Ulises Lopez, Tanya Melendez, Olima, and Leather Papi (Gabriela Ruiz).

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