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​​Manos a la Obra gathers projects created in long-standing and speculative public marketplaces in the Tijuana-Los Angeles transborder region, continuing Cog•nate Collective’s interest in documenting transnational economic and cultural networks of exchange at the scale of the local.

In this latest body of work, the artists and their collaborators stage dialogues between the handmade and the mass-produced, between craft and second-hand goods­, through a series of conceptual/sculptural gestures that are inspired by the labor that artisans and vendors undertake to transform material and socio-economic conditions.

The exhibition features collaborative gestures undertaken in the last year with Santa Monica artisans and vendors working toward establishing a community marketplace in the city that can function as a platform for self-determination and collective agency. To find out more about the ongoing Market Exchange collaboration begun with Santa Monica artisans in Fall 2020, please visit marketexchange.18thstreet.org.

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Manos a la Obra reúne proyectos creados a lo largo de varios años y de modo especulativo en mercados públicos de la región transfronteriza de Tijuana-Los Ángeles, continuando el interés de Cog•nate Collective de documentar redes transnacionales económicas y culturales de intercambio a escala local.

En esta última obra, les artistes y sus colaboradores dialogan entre lo hecho a mano y lo producido en masa, entre artesanía y bienes de segunda mano, a través de una serie de gestos conceptuales / escultóricos que están inspirados en la labor que emprenden artesanes y vendedores para transformar las condiciones materiales y socioeconómicas.

La exposición presenta gestos de colaboración realizados en el último año con artesanas y vendedores de Santa Mónica, que trabajan para establecer un mercado comunitario en la ciudad que pueda funcionar como una plataforma para la autodeterminación y la agencia colectiva. Para aprender más acerca de Market Exchange – la colaboración con artesanos de Santa Monica que dio inicio en el otoño del 2020 y aún sigue en marcha – por favor visite: marketexchange.18thstreet.org.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Since 2010, Tijuana-Los Angeles based artists + researchers Misael Diaz and Amy Sanchez have collaborated as Cog•nate Collective to develop community-based research projects + public interventions + experimental pedagogical programs in the US/Mexico border region.

Siting their practice primarily within markets, they seek to analyze how popular + informal forms of cultural + economic exchange taking place between transnational communities can be mobilized in defiance of solidifying political boundaries — proposing an understanding of the border not as bifurcating line, but as a region expanding and contracting with the movement of people and objects.

Related events:

Market Exchange | Pico Pop-Up

June 4, 2021 - September 30, 2021

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