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Jimena Sarno: home away from

June 28, 2017 - August 13, 2017

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 has created, designed, and built home away from during her summer residency. The installation occupies the entire main gallery with a permeable wooden structure — with a single entrance and circumventable from outside — that filters light through its gaps and produces oscillating shadows. Two video projections depicting details of self portraits by immigrant youth shelter the central structure.

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 borders’ holding areas, where people are enclosed, while being processed to access another country. The video is composed of remnants of self-ideal portraits of the artist’s middle school students; the outline of these figures are used to create maps, revealing specific features through the rhythm of a white, linear light accompanied by the digitally processed sound of a scanner  and healing frequencies.

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.


Click here to read a sample of LACE’s publication of Home Away From


Throughout the duration of the exhibition:


Arts integration program and Students from Belvedere middle school-East LA. 2017 Class of Ms. Escalante, Ms. Adewale, Ms. Macías, Mr. Acosta, Mr. Conde and Ms. Flores (ESL and 6 to 8 Grades).

The scent H.O.M.E.  

Jenny Qaqundah, Palestinian herbalist, has prepared a grounding scent with hints of citrus to uplift the spirit. The plants that she gathered for this therapeutic formula are vetiver, dalmatian, sage, dark patchouli, rosemary, cedar, nutmeg, bergamot and lemon. The blend has hints of her Arab home.


June 28, 8:30pm: C3LA Choir – LA-based choral collective performance

July 12, 7PM: Sculptural intervention by Niloufar Emamifar

Niloufar Emamifar began the series Penumbra in the streets of Los Angeles in late 2016 in search of what she called “seams,” spaces between two buildings, negative gaps that brought questions of property, real estate and in between boundaries. With a molding grey plastic technique Emamifar has casted a dark space between two edifices in the area of east Los Angeles and the sculpture is integrated to home away from.

Niloufar Emamifar is a multi-media artist currently living and working in Los Angeles. Her recent works go towards figuring out how social subjects act within certain signs of power and privacy within predetermined and indeterminate urban tropes.  She’s a MFA candidate at University of California, Irvine and holds her BFA from Soore Faculty of Architecture.

July 12, 7pm:  Performance and sculptural intervention by Nooshin Rostami

As Far As There Was Water Was All It Was is an embodiment of the artist’s journey as an immigrant experiencing exile. Throughout the performance a border is fragmented into its composing triangles and gradually moved by the artist and the participating audience to the other side of the gallery. The shapes of the triangles reflect the negative spaces in the support structures of Jimena Sarno’s main installation at the gallery, and are initially arranged as a straight borderline in front of the main entrance to the installation. The participants are only allowed to move the triangles by rolling them on their sides, and without stacking them up, creating a constantly changing puzzle of voids and shadows. When the triangles reach the destination they may be placed against the back wall of the gallery in any position the participant decides. The performance is over when all the triangles have been displaced and put together at the end of the gallery. This performance-installation is part of Nooshin Rostami’s Geometry of Exile performance series.

*The title has been translated and selected from the following poem by Maria Tabrizipoor:

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As far as there was water was all it was.
It was whirling blue it was.
All a game playing water it was.

Nooshin Rostami is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. She was born in Shahroud and raised in Tehran, Iran. Rostami received her MFA from Brooklyn College (CUNY) in 2011. She has widely exhibited and presented her work in solo and group settings in the United States, Iran, India, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, and Canada. Rostami’s work has been featured in a number of publications such as Baumtestquarterly, Jadaliyya and Ajam Media Collective. Her research interests pertain to politics of geography, identity, and gender. In her work, she embodies themes often inspired by personal narratives through mediums of performance, installation, sculpture, drawing, and painting. Rostami currently lives and works in Brooklyn, N Y.

Upcoming dates in July: Afternoon immigrant youth writing workshop

Upcoming dates in July: “Se habla español” event, walkthrough with artists and curators in a bilingual space (Spanish/English)

August 13, 6pm: Closing event: Listening party with live sound by Jimena Sarno and artists, Cay Castagnetto and Arshia Haq, in collaboration with VOLUME. Launch of home away from publication printed by Tiny Splendor with an essay by Manuel Shvartzberg and texts and images by invited writers, artists and writing workshop participants.

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.

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