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Manos a la Obra Pop-Up Artisan Market / Closing Celebration

January 29, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Market Exchange's Installation Manos a la Obra at the Pico Pop-Up, 2021.

Manos a la Obra Pop-Up Artisan Market / Closing Celebration
January 29, 2022 | 11 AM – 3 PM
18th Street Arts Center (Airport Campus)
3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90405

Join us for a community celebration of craft and art at the Manos a la Obra pop-up Artisan Market! The market will feature different products produced and/or sourced by local artisans who have been collaborating with artists Cog•nate Collective to establish a community-led public market in Santa Monica. Purchase handmade artisanal crafts and view the exhibition Manos a la Obra in 18th Street Arts Center’s Propeller Gallery. Enjoy light refreshments and a festive atmosphere as you support local craftspeople and artists!

This is an in-person event, and masks are required at all times (regardless of vaccination status) to keep our community safe. Please be sure to register in advance.

You can learn more about each of the artisans at marketexchange.18thstreet.org and purchase their products online.

Works by Ines Garcia. Photo by Geoff Palomino.
Works by Ines Garcia. Photo by Geoff Palomino.
Works by Carmela Morales. Photo by Geoff Palomino.
Works by Carmela Morales. Photo by Geoff Palomino.
Works by Lily Alinaghizadeh. Photo by Geoff Palomino.
Works by Lily Alinaghizadeh. Photo by Geoff Palomino.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

​​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.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZING 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.

Plush bags by Abby Juan. Photo by Geoff Palomino.
Plush bags by Abby Juan. Photo by Geoff Palomino.
Works by Laura Hernandez. Photo by Geoff Palomino.
Works by Laura Hernandez. Photo by Geoff Palomino.

Details

Date:
January 29, 2022
Time:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Venue

18th Street Arts Center (Airport Campus)
3026 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405 United States
Website:
18thstreet.org
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