Frente 3 de Fevereiro, Nou Pap Obeyi (No Vamos Obedecer / We Will Not Obey) action, (2015). Photo: Daniel Lima.

The artists in Talking to Action explore a range of trans-disciplinary practices, blurring the lines between object making, political and environmental activism, community organizing, and performance. Selected projects interrogate issues including migration and memory, critical mapping and cartographic practices, environmental issues and policies, gender rights and legislation, indigenous culture, racial violence and policing tactics, and are often produced in collaboration with particular communities in politically charged contexts.

The exhibition is curated by Bill Kelley, Jr., Curator and Lead Researcher. Karen Moss is Consulting Curator. Organized by Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, and managed as a traveling exhibition by Independent Curators International (ICI).

Artists in the show include: Liliana Angulo, Efraín Astorga Garay, BijaRi, Bulbo and Galatea audio/visual, Giacomo Castagnola, Cog●nate Collective, Grupo Contrafilé, Sandra de la Loza and Eduardo Molinari, Dignicraft, Etcétera, Frente 3 de Fevereiro, Colectivo FUGA, Clara Ianni and Débora Maria da Silva, Iconoclasistas, Kolectivo de Restauración Territorial (Gonzalo Cueto Vera, Jorge A. Olave Riveros, Cristian Wenuvil Peiñan), Suzanne Lacy, Alfadir Luna, Taniel Morales, Andrés Padilla Domene and Ivan Puig Domene, POLEN, Gala Porras-Kim, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, and Ultra-red and School of Echoes Los Angeles.

The opening Reception will take place on Thursday, September 26 from 6-8 pm with a Panel Discussion, Talking to Action: Art and Politics in the Americas from 5:30-7 pm in Room 213. Moderated by Macarena Gómez-Barris, cultural critic, in conversation with Bill Kelley, Jr., curator, and Jennifer S. Ponce de León, scholar.

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