Mónica Rodríguez and Jorge González in a group show at LACE, Los Angeles

Pulso by Tania Candiani. Photo by Yvonne Venegas.

"Unraveling Collective Forms"
Opening Reception April 3, 2019 7-10 PM
Exhibition dates April 3, 2019 to May 25, 2019

Artists: Tanya Aguiñiga, Holland Andrews, Julia Bogany, Carolina Caycedo, Tania Candiani, Patrisse Cullors, Demian DinéYazhi', Mercedes Dorame, Jorge González and Mónica Rodríguez, Harry Gamboa Jr., Jeannette Ehlers, Arshia Fatima Haq, Sky Hopinka, Israel Martínez, Sayak Valencia and Kim Zumpfe.

Featuring Chanccani Quipu by Cecilia Vicuña

A quipu (Quechua term for talking knots) is a device made of colored knotted threads—a multisensory ancient Andean language. Quipus are vanished narratives of resistance that inspire this exhibition and programming. Unraveling Collective Forms knots artistic reflections that involve collectivity, autonomy, and group manifestations that crack systems.

Artist Cecilia Vicuña defines a quipu as “a poem in space, a way to remember, involving the body and the cosmos at once.” This exhibition and programming look to create a space to gather, remember, learn, and connect with audience in a common thread, even if categories of identity and geographies separate us. It is an invitation to interlace our own narratives in a quipu.

La mirada (the gaze) is directed to indigenous groups, to their ancestral and present knowledge of the comprehension of their worlds, that simultaneously exist in one world.
Unraveling Collective Forms is an exercise of identifying diverse voices and their common threads, patterns, and processes, as well as their differences. It is a way of both stringing together, and unraveling possibilities of resistance and reimagination.

Curated by Daniela Lieja Quintanar

"Programming for Unraveling Collective Forms"

Wed, April 3 - 7 pm Exhibition Opening Reception and Performance
A procession led by Fanaa on Hollywood Blvd.
Organized by Arshia Fatima Haq.

Sun, April 7 -12pm Workshop/Readings
Basket making based on Tongva traditions and readings of texts by Puerto Rican social labor organizer Luisa Capetillo. Organized by Julia Bogany, educator and cultural Tongva consulter, and artists Mónica Rodríguez and Jorge González.
Materials provided, RSVP rsvp@welcometolace.org

Sun, May 5 -2pm to 4pm Oral Histories of Environmental Resistance
Activist members from East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and artist Carolina Caycedo share stories of resistance in LA and other places.

Sat, May 18 -2pm to 6pm Transfeminist Discourses
Sayak Valencia, Tijuana activist, writer, performer, and author of Capitalismo Gore in conversation with LACE curator Daniela Lieja Quintanar and invited artists.

Followed by a performance by Patrisse Cullors

Sat, May 25 – 6pm-9pm Closing Performance
An Infected Sunset, performance by Demian DinéYazhi' and Holland Andrews

Support for Unraveling Collective Forms is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Performance Network, and Betsy Greenberg.
Sponsored by Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Hite Brewery Company.