2019 Summer Residency: Sandra de la Loza, To Oblivion: The Speculator’s Eden
July 10 - September 1
Sandra de la Loza is an artist who creates open-ended, research-based frameworks that guide inquiries that include visual, experimental, social and pedagogical components. Working as a performative archivist, she moves critically from and in between the institutional and the social occupying a variety of sites to interrogate underlying power dynamics and knowledge production through history and memory. She considers her efforts to co-generate autonomous spaces for artistic production, community action and critical dialogue that center the voices and history of people of color an important part of her practice. Such efforts have resulted in participating in collectively run community centers, pedagogical spaces, and multi-disciplinary events such as the Aztlan Cultural Arts Foundation (1993-1998), the October Surprise (2004), Arts in Action (2000-2004), Decolonize LA (2016-2017) and at land’s edge (2016-2018). Current exhibits include A Grammar Made of Rocks at Human Resources and a recent collaboration with Argentinian artist Eduardo Molinari, currently on view at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Talking to Action: Art, Activism, Pedagogy of the Americas. Her work has been exhibited in major museums, alternative art spaces and community centers within the United States, Latin America and Europe. She has received awards from Art Matters, the City of Los Angeles, the Center for Community Innovation, the California Community Foundation, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.