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KCET: Latinx Community Activism and Social Art Practices Get A Rare Spotlight in New Exhibit

Artbound on Otis College's PST: LA/LA Exhibition
Jean Trinh


"It’s not often that artworks that emerge out of community activism and social practices get center stage in art galleries, which makes the latest exhibit at Otis College of Art and Design a particularly unique and poignant one.

“Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas,” which runs now through Dec. 10 at the college’s Ben Maltz Gallery, is a multimedia exhibit that offers a rare glimpse into several ongoing social art practices that amalgamate activism, community organizing, education and art in the Americas. This installation is one of the many exhibits currently taking place across Southern California that fall under the umbrella of The Getty’s "Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA" initiative that explores Latino and Latin American art in connection to Los Angeles; and “Talking to Action” illustrates these efforts through videos, sculptures, maps, drawings, audio recordings and archival materials.

Bill Kelley, Jr., who spent four years curating and organizing “Talking to Action,” believes this art show gives a voice to the underrepresented. “These are all artists working with communities that are not generally represented in the mainstream art context,” he says. “That’s the beauty of what community practices are about.”

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Image: "Para-Archivismo: Brujeria Archivistica" by Sandra de la Loza and Eduardo Molinari Talking to Action PST LALA