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Art/Political Change exhibition to open this Saturday in Hollywood

by dondy Monday, Apr. 29, 2002 at 4:30 PM

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Food Not Bombs, The Watts Project, Society for Orgonotic Streaming, Ultra Red, The Speculative Archive for Historical Clarification, and many other artists and activists, individuals and groups are participating in Democracy When- an exhibition at LACE on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. The show opens on Saturday the 4th.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be many lectures and conversations occuring in the space, and many related events elsewhere.

Read the press release below.... Announcement en espanol mas abajo.



LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS

6522 Hollywood Boulevard

Los Angeles, California 90028

t] 323.957.1777 f] 323.957.9025

artleak.org

PRESS RELEASE

(for Spanish version scroll down)





Democracy When?

Activist Strategizing in Los Angeles





guest curated by Tone O. Nielsen

in collaboration with the participants



opening reception

Saturday, May 4 from 5 - 7 pm

exhibition participant presentations

from 3 - 5 pm



exhibition runs May 4 - June 15, 2002

at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

and different locations in Los Angeles



PRESS CONTACT: Julie Deamer





LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2002 -- Democracy When? Activist Strategizing in Los Angeles is an exhibition about activism in Los Angeles, or to be more correct, activisms in Los Angeles. Its participants come from a variety of communities and are struggling for social change for different reasons and in different ways. But even more, Democracy When? is an exhibition about the process of democratization and the various strategies employed by the participants toward that goal. In that sense, although the exhibition is locally focused, its scope goes well beyond the local.



Activists, organizers, and artists working within the field of activism today are faced with a new political geography that has radically changed the possibilities for action and made new demands on its practitioners. In a number of ways, the manner in which activist practitioners today are responding to this new political geography could be said to mark a departure from the strategies that informed activism of the past few decades, thereby setting their practices apart from those of the 1980s and 1990s. The tendency to equate civil dissent with terrorism as an effect of the current war against terrorism is but one reality, which has severely minimized the space for opposition and put severe restrictions on the activist strategies being employed in it. The heritage of the political lull 1990s and the public

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