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Discussion with 2018 Summer Artist in Resident: Luciana Abait

Building Bridges Art Exchange, Suite F2
Exhibition Dates: August 20 - October 1, 2018

Guests will have the chance to discuss and ask artist Luciana Abait questions about her installation "Off the Map", as part of our 2018 Summer Artists in Residence: Geographies of the Invisible Line.

Sponsored by The General Consulate of Austria in Los Angeles and the Institute Vallartense of Culture, Mexico. Supported by BBAX's partnership with the Diversity Apprenticeship Program at The Broad.

Geographies of the Invisible Line

Davis Birks / USA / Mexico  Doris Schamp / Austria  Luciana Abait / Argentina / Los Angeles

Curated by Marisa Caichiolo

Building Bridges Art Exchange welcomes our newest Artists in Residence, Davis Birks (USA / Mexico), Doris Schamp (Austria), and Luciana Abait (Argentina / Los Angeles). 

"Known for its vast ethnic diversity, Los Angeles is, too, a city of dichotomies and powerful contrasts where fame and poverty cohabit and compete for the same space and attention. As such, these two realities, which may appear to be mutually exclusive in paper, have become of importance in the art field and to local and international artists in general. 

That is why the 2018 Summer Residency Program encourages its three participating artists to embrace and go beyond these two concepts to explore displacement, homelessness, national borders and the refugees' crisis across the world.

In recent years, we have witnessed powerful driving forces like globalization shape the world in which we live and trigger the reformulation of well-established concepts that include space and the geography and the size of large cities. As a result, these forces have also shaken the art world.

When we examine the idea of space from an artistic standpoint, we must raise questions about how some of today's representations and influences make us reconsider our notions of equality, security, absence and identity. While space is a geographic and visually tangible concept that we can clearly grasp and pinpoint, concepts like 'borders' usually carry both a visible and an invisible layer. 

One of this summer's artists is Doris Schamp. For the Austrian artist, becoming a witness to LA's widespread homeless crisis is like a journey down memory lane and back to Vienna, her hometown. Each encounter with a homeless person in LA is an opportunity to revive and bring to live that person's life-story in her artwork. 

Another participating is Los Angeles based Argentinean artist, Luciana Abait, who presents "Off the Map," a project that captures the essence of displacement, experienced by people who leave behind their lives, roots and hometown and struggle to find a new place they can call "home" and for a renewed sense of identity. 

“Though he is based in Mexico, American artist Davis Birks delves into the refugees' crisis in "UPROOTED," an installation that represents with plants the struggle faced by innocent civilians forced to leave their homes to protect themselves and their loved ones in areas of armed conflict. The piece also speaks to how governments' policies may limit asylum options for those afflicted."

Davis Birks was born in Seattle, Washington. In 1985, Birks attended the Universidad Autónoma, in Guadalajara, Mexico, through a study grant. After graduating in 1986 with a BFA from Arizona State University, summa cum laude, Birks returned to Guadalajara via Puerto Vallarta and became an early proponent of contemporary art in both communities. The work of Davis Birks is defined by multiple investigations through diverse disciplines. Using sculpture, installation, painting-and more recently, photography and social practice-Birks explores a wide range of interests including social inter-relations, geo-politics, economy, the environment, and history. Birks is a highly active and collected artist who has worked in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Mexico, US, Europe and Asia. His work forms part of private and public art collections including the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLaa), Long Beach; the Museum of Fine Arts (MFAH),Houston, Texas; the Santa Barbara Museum (SBMA), California; Museo de Las Artes (MUSA) and Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara. The work of Davis Birks is defined by multiple investigations through diverse disciplines. Using sculpture, installation, painting, and more recently, photography and social practice - Birks explores a wide range of interests including social inter-relations, geo-politics, economy, the environment, and history.

Doris Schamp lives and works in Austria. She studied product and furniture design at the New Design University St. Pölten and art education with Barbara Puts-Plecko and James Skone at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. During her semester abroad, in 2010-2011, she worked with animation and animated film at the HSLU in Lucrene, Switzerland. She developed promotional animation for Cartoon Network. She graduated with two master degrees and worked since then as an artist in various disciplines from animation to sculpture as well as took commissions for companies such as Red Bull and Rado. In 2011, Schamp won the Rado Young Design Prize. In 2013, Doris Schamp won the 7th International Cartoon Competition in Aachen. In the same year, her solo exhibition, Defiant Phase Cartoons by La Razzia, where 50 original cartoons by Doris Schamp were shown, took place in the Gallery of Comic Arts in the Museum Quarter.

Luciana Abait was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From 1993 to 1997 she attended the National School of Fine Arts "Prilidiano Pueyrredon" in Buenos Aires. She also studied Art History at the University of Massachusetts and "Literature and Painting" at the University of Cambridge, England. Luciana Abait moved to Miami in 1997 and was a resident artist of the ArtCenter South Florida for 8 years. In 2005 she relocated to Los Angeles where she now lives and works. She is currently a resident artist of 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California. Her solo exhibitions have taken place all over the United States as well as Buenos Aires, Argentina and Hong Kong, China. In addition, she has participated in numerous group exhibits in the United States, the Caribbean and Europe. Her work has been shown in numerous international art fairs such as Art Miami, Merryl Lynch ArteAmericas, Affordable Art Fair in New York, Art Palm Beach, Art Chicago and Arco in Spain. Abait's works are held by private, public and corporate collectors from the United States, Europe, Latin America and East Asia.  

Special Thanks to Annamarie Léon from The Broad's DAP Program.

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