home away from
LACE Summer Residency with Jimena Sarno
Preview Reception: June 28, 2017 8-10PM
Exhibition Dates: July 1 – August 13, 2017
Curated by Daniela Lieja Quintanar
home away from addresses experiences of borders, displacement, and immigration procedures as they manifest in the everyday lives of immigrants, through an immersive installation in the main gallery at LACE.
Jimena Sarno’s project is inspired by Hollywood flats used as backdrops in film and scenic design; laths, wooden strips that were traditionally used to construct interior walls in domestic architecture, and border transitional spaces. The conflation of these architectural elements creates a permeable wooden structure that extends through the gallery, while filtering the only source of light suspended in its interior. The installation reveals its structure, which can be circumvented in its entirety. And also serves as an enclosure that has a single entrance, sheltered by two projections. The sequence of the words “home away from home away from home away from” spins around the impossibilities of establishing a new space for living, or even returning to an origin as the individual is constantly disciplined, banned, and interrupted in their desires and their pursuits.
The space will be activated throughout the exhibition with a series of artists’ collaborations: performances, interventions, and workshops, as a call for self-determination to challenge and disrupt the structures that define our paths.
June 28, 8:30pm: C3LA Choir – Performance
Throughout the duration of the exhibition:
Sculptural intervention by Niloufar Emamifar.
Jenny Qaqundah, herbalist, will develop a grounding aromatherapeutic formula as a space intervention.
July 12, 7pm: Performance and sculptural intervention by Nooshin Rostami.
July 14-15 and 16: Afternoon immigrant youth writing workshop facilitated by writer Sarah Rafael García.
August 13, 6pm: Closing event: Listening party with live sound by Jimena Sarno and sound artists Cay Castagnetto and Arshia Haq. Launch of home away from publication printed by Tiny Splendor with texts and images by invited writers, artists and writing workshop participants.
July 23, 2pm “Se habla español” event, walkthrough with artists and curators in a bilingual space Spanish/English.
Jimena Sarno is a multidisciplinary artist and organizer. She works across a range of media including installation, sound, video, text and sculpture. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and currently living in Los Angeles, her experience as a South American immigrant informs her practice. She is the organizer of analog dissident, a monthly discussion gathering that features two invited artists and encourages intersectional approaches and critical engagement outside of traditional art institutions. Her work has been exhibited at LACE, PØST, Human Resources, UCI Contemporary Art Center, Control Room, Fellows of Contemporary Art and Grand Central Art Center among others. She is the recipient of the 2015 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists.
Always stemming from personal experience, her work takes shape as installations where she builds, rearranges and re-contextualizes objects, images, sound and found text into constellations of new relationships. Through the material process of building objects and environments, she retraces the practical and aesthetic considerations of systems of control—from the increasing abstraction of preemptive warfare, mainstream media distortion and every day corporate and government tracking to the idea of the good citizen and the criminalization of dissent.
Support for home away from is provided by the California Arts Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Visual Artists Network, a program of the National Performance Network.