SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 18th Street Arts Center presents three exhibitions exploring displacement and hidden cultures, featuring Egypt-born LA artist Sherin Guirguis, Spanish artist Antoni Hervas, and former Yugoslavia-born artists Delia Prvacki, Milenko Prvacki, and Sara Debevec.
Los Angeles-based Egyptian artist Sherin Guirguis uses painting, drawing, and sculpture to explore the hidden histories of places. In her Artist Lab residency and exhibition, titled My Place is the Placeless, she will create an environment for investigations into the intersections of art and activism through the explorations of materials made from the earth's elements, including pigment, paper, soil, and water. Guirguis seeks to address problems of displacement, environmental destruction, and cultural and historical memory loss through conversations with local artists engaged in political activism, and through workshops with local Santa Monica youth and adult participants. My Place is the Placeless runs through June 30 in the Main Gallery.
Guirguis is joined in 18th Street Arts Center's Spring Exhibition series, which seeks to locate and trace the vestiges of culture, by artists Sara Debevec, Milenko Prvački, and Delia Prvački in the exhibition A Home Anywhere. This exhibition ask the three artists to respond to historical traumas they are assumed to share based on national heritage. For artists Delia and Milenko Prvački and Sara Debevec, the shared geography of the former Yugoslavia is a distant one, both physically and in time. Whether there is insight to be found in their proximity, there is likely to be comfort. A Home Anywhere runs from May 11 through 26, 2017, in the Atrium Gallery.
In the Project Room, Spanish visiting artist Antoni Hervàs will investigate the ONE archive at USC, focused on gender and queer issues and local histories, seeking clues on how personal narratives could be intertwined with this complex network of knowledge. Hervàs is interested in following the traces of Queercore culture, which was born in LA, and other local subcultures such as "roller girl derby," reflecting the practice of minority sports as a form of resistance; and local spectacles including Tiki culture or the "Luchavaboom," where the merging of cabaret, psychedelia, and lucha libre (choreographed fighting) gives birth to figures like Cassandro, the queenqueer of the luchadores. Antoni Hervàs will run from May 11 through 26, 2017, in the Project Room.
Saturday, May 13, 5:00-8:00pm
18th Street Arts Center
1639 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Sherin Guirguis: http://18thstreet.org/sherin-guirguis-placeless/
Antoni Hervas: http://18thstreet.org/artists/antoni-hervas-may-2017/
A Home Anywhere (Delia Prvacki, Milenko Prvacki, and Sara Debevec): http://18thstreet.org/home-anywhere-works-sara-debevec-delia-prvacki-milenko-prvacki/
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18TH STREET ARTS CENTER is the largest artist residency program in Southern California. Our mission is to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art-making, and elevate the work of artists as necessary to a just, healthy, and vibrant society.
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