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Renée Petropoulos
Commons Lab Residency:
October 1 – 30, 2019

We Will Congregate: Platforms & Wool
Commons Lab residency | October 1-30, 2019
Exhibition | October 30-December 13, 2019

Renée Petropoulos and Arturo Hernández | A Backstrap Weaving Demonstration and Workshop
Sunday October 6 | 2-4 PM
Virginia Avenue Park | 2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica

Renée Petropoulos and Arturo HernándezDirected Reading
Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 2-4 pm

Tongva Park | 1615 Ocean Avenue

Renée Petropoulos and Arturo Hernández| Exhibition Reception
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 6 – 8 PM

18th Street Arts Center | Atrium Gallery | 1639 18th Street

Renée Petropoulos will collaborate with Oaxacan artisan Arturo Hernández on a ‘directed reading’ at Santa Monica’s Tongva Park, performed by invited members of the public in many simultaneous languages. We Will Congregate: Platforms Wool is based on handwoven rebozo blankets created by Hernández with artisans from LA’s Oaxacan community. Focused on forgotten forms of knowledge, such as the craft of weaving, that immigrants carry in their bodies, the work speaks to the challenges of translation and transliteration as well as literary traditions from the Global South and the North, and includes a sculptural and sonic installation in 18th Street’s Atrium Gallery as well as live backstrap weaving demonstrations in Virginia Avenue Park.


Renée Petropoulos has created projects and exhibited internationally, most recently embarking on the project Among Nations (Mostly), with a performance Analogue (2012) at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture; Los Angeles, Venice to Venice (2012) as part of the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A., and Women in Surrealism for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Black Star, begun in 2006, is a performance in continuum in Berlin.  Her most recent installation of Prototype for the History of Painting: Eingrouping Social Historical was presented at MARTE San Salvador, El Salvador.  Her recent film, “Two or Three Things I Know About Gas Station Mini Marts” screened at Screening, in Philadelphia. The outdoor public sculpture project Bouquet (Flower Tower) Between Egypt, India, Iraq, the United States, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Mexico, situated in Santa Monica, California at a street and pedestrian intersection, was completed in spring, 2014.   An exhibit of related subject, Bouquet(Flower Girl) Between Libya, the United States and Scotland, was installed at LAMOA in Eagle Rock in May, 2014. Petropoulos’ monument drawings were also included in Forms of the Formless at Beijing Moca, curated by Marlena Donahue. From the United States to Mexico/ From Mexico to the United States, was presented at Commonwealth and Council, which included a choreographed performance. She has exhibited Monument 1 – conjugation, with the Proxy Gallery in Paris in 2016.  In 2018, she produced a project in conjunction with the MACO in Oaxaca, Mexico as well as being a guest artist at the Palm Springs Museum.

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