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Market Exchange | Vending @ Pico Pop-up

July 17, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Market Exchange | Vending @ Pico Pop-up
Saturday July 17th | 10am-1pm
Pico Pop-up Gallery | 2917 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Join Cog•nate Collective and Market Exchange at Pico Pop-Up on Saturday morning for pastries, coffee, artisanal goods, and an art exhibition! The exhibition called Un Mundo Nuevo en Pico, which features the installation Manos a la Obra by Cog•nate Collective and Market Exchange, among other works, will be on view at Pico Pop-Up Gallery. In addition, Market Exchange vendors, Lily Alinaghizadeh, Laura Hernandez, Ines Garcia, Carmela Morales, and Abby Juan, will be selling their artisanal goods.


Market Exchange is a collaboration between Santa Monica artisans (Lily Alinaghizadeh, Laura Hernandez, Ines Garcia, Carmela Morales, and Abby Juan) and Cog•nate Collective that creates platforms for empowerment by establishing alternative economic forms of self-determination for local crafts people and small businesses. This collaboration is dedicated to honoring the richness of artisan production in Santa Monica towards developing a community-envisioned and community-directed marketplace that will amplify the works of local artisans and artists, while providing sustainable economic opportunities.

The installation Manos a la Obra– hosted virtually at marketexchange.18thstreet.org  and in-person at Pico Pop Up (2917 Pico Blvd in Santa Monica) as part of the exhibition Un Mundo Nuevo en Pico – brings together handmade items that were created and curated by an inter-generational group of women artisans from Santa Monica. The group’s work celebrates the resilience and the power of working women, whose daily social, emotional, cultural and artistic labor in our neighborhoods sustains the power, and vivacity of our community. This installation is comprised by and dedicated to working women and the expansive forms of labor they enable on Pico Blvd, and every street.

A portion of the sales from the handmade products sold during this exhibition will fund the collaborative’s long-term goal of establishing a community artisan marketplace.

The exhibition called Un Mundo Nuevo en Pico, on view at Pico Pop-Up Gallery, features incredible photography and paintings from Linda VallejoNicola GoodeMarket ExchangeAnne Carmack, Rosa Maria Lares and Jeff Gros. As we emerge from a year of pandemic and civil unrest, resiliency has been a key trait to not only survive, but prosper. The artists in Un Mundo Nuevo en Pico tell stories of immigrants whose unique journeys have demanded resiliency, strong social networks, and creative ingenuity. We learn of the power of women-run cooperatives and businesses, as close as Santa Monica and as far away as Rwanda, to invent new economic models that harness the unique craftsmanship of their cultural heritage. We see DACA recipients, invisible for so long, made visible in their undeniable importance as part of the fabric of our communities. We gaze at a magical celebration of transition and the identity that emerges. Though there is a long way to go towards true social justice and equity in our society, like the bulls who participate in humane Portuguese bullfights in central California, we live to fight another day. For more information, here is the press release.

Market Exchange is a project commissioned by 18th Street Arts Center. The artists thank Pico Improvement Org (PIO), the City of Santa Monica, and individual 18th Street donors for their support of this project. The Pico Pop Up and Market Exchange’s installation as part of the Pop Up is generously supported by Art of Recovery, an initiative of the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, santamonica.gov/arts/artofrecovery.



July 17, 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Pico Pop Up
2917 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405 United States
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