S A N C T U A R Y : a multi-sensory, immersive experience combining installation and live performance. Video shot and edited by HRDWRKER (http://www.hrdwrker.com/)




May 18, 2017

Sanctuary is in many ways created as a response to our current political climate and how deeply divided our country is after the wake of the 2016 election. The artists involved will take over a space in downtown Los Angeles to investigate the concept of a personal and cultural sanctuary in response to the contentious immigration reform debate that continues to polarize the country.

The gallery is being divided into four enclosures, each transformed into a living, breathing representation of the artist's personal sanctuary. Drawing inspiration from their respective political, cultural, and spiritual environments, the artists cross boundaries to recreate their sacred spaces. Featured artists including Monica Canilao, Double Diamond Sun Body, Britt Harrison, B. Justine Jaime, and Frohawk Two Feathers use a wide array of mediums and modes including sculptures, works on paper, found materials, photography, painting, and video projections in order to bring their intimate sanctuaries to life.

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Beckoned through a white curtain, you can hear poetry, a buzz of sounds, some with a rhythmic beat, coming from a room beyond.  There is a wooden fort structure in the middle of the room, with lightly draped fabric, vessels with flowers hanging on the bottom, a small staircase up.  There were 5 or so people inside, with a projection onto the ceiling of nature and lights. 

This room is the creation of Britt Harrison and B. Justine Jaime, with a collaborative mural/instillation on the right wall, of mystical mountains, sky and Harrison’s signature hands.  Illuminated in the center, there is light and round objects in Jaime’s style.  There are paintings by Harrison and photo collages by Jaime on the walls, where they have rendered visual ideals of Sanctuary...

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Sanctuary exhibit tackles immigration issue

May 31, 2017

Leading up to and after the U.S. presidential election of Donald Trump, immigration reform has become a hot-button issue across the country, with many undocumented immigrants seeing their worlds turned upside down by an administration that has made it a priority to deport them.

Here in Los Angeles, the topic of immigration is one that remains very real. Due to a strong immigrant population, including some who are currently living in the U.S. illegally, L.A. has been tabbed as one of several "sanctuary cities" that's being targeted by the Trump administration -- and local artists all over Southern California are starting to speak out through their work...

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