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The History of a Major LA Trading Port Surfaces in a New Performance

A performance investigates San Pedro’s history as a major international sea port, and the effect that the North American Free Trade Agreement has had on LA’s brown and queer communities.

Sebastian Hernandez, “Puesto Pues No” Nov. 30, 2017 (photo by Amina Cruz)

The PST: LA/LA exhibition Coastal/Border at the Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro is comprised of a series of performances and installations focused on the coastal region’s status not only as a port of entry, but also as a border. These have included Edgar Fabián Frías’s “Give Us Home Spider,” which overlaid sacred journeys undertaken by the Wixarika people onto Southern California trade routes; Jimena Sarno’s “from sea to shining sea (FSTSS),” a site-specific choir performance which responded to the area’s military history; and Dany Naierman’s “Port Capa,” a multi-media installation which unearthed the site’s layered history through a faux-field trip, puppetry, and video.

This Sunday, artist and dancer Sebastian Hernandez will stage the exhibition’s closing performance, “FTZ (Foreign/Free Trade Zone).” The research-based work will investigate through movement and sound San Pedro’s history as a major international sea port, and the effect that the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has had on LA, specifically brown and queer communities.

When: Sunday, December 17, 1pm
Where: Angels Gate Cultural Center (3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro, California)

More info here.

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