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Winter AntiMall (photos/report)

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

Near the entrance of the AntiMall was a list of the "Artivists" (“artists who are also activists”) and what they do for their communities. For example, a qualified vendor may “mentor a child, volunteer at a community garden, [or] donate art pieces to social justice organizations,” Palomares said.

Winter AntiMall (pho...
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The winter 2007 AntiMall took place in Highland Park at La Culebra community space. (Other locations have included the South Central Farm, the Southern California Library, and the El Sereno Community Garden.)

Laura Palomares of El Puente recently described the origin of the AntiMalls on KPFK’s Uprising. (the full interview with her can be downloaded here: http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=2200). According to her, the idea came about in the mid-‘90s while she was “working with the Zapatista women and helping them sell their artwork at a just price. They were not able to make a living wage. So [I decided] ‘I’ll take some with me back to L.A. and sell some.’ It started that whole relationship with them about a communal economy, working cooperatively, [and] what that means. I learned so much from them.”

Near the entrance of the AntiMall was a list of the “Artivists” (“artists who are also activists”) and what they do for their communities. For example, a qualified vendor may “mentor a child, volunteer at a community garden, [or] donate art pieces to social justice organizations,” Palomares said.

The items on sale came from numerous places from “Chiapas to Afghanistan to Venezuela.” Food from the South Central Farmers was available as well. Live performers included In Lak Ech (websites: http://www.inlakech.net/ and http://www.myspace.com/inlakech) , Zocalo Zue (website: myspace.com/zocalozue), and Quincy McCrary (website: myspace.com/qemistrysoul) with DJs including Black Shakespeare (see: myspace.com/blackshakespearemusic), Songo Electriko, and Vampiro Fronterizo.

La Culebra has served as a community space for many years for events such as sweat lodges, poetry readings, and women’s circles. Palomares told Uprising that the park was let go by the city and thus began to attract drugs and violence. Recently, however, it was taken over by Art Corps LA, which has restored it as a community resource. (Location: 240 Ave. 57, near North Figueroa.)
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Flyer for the winter 2007 AntiMall

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

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Entrance to La Culebra

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

Entrance to La Culeb...
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Mural at La Culebra and "Artivists"

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

Mural at La Culebra ...
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In the foreground: fair trade items from Afghanistan vis-a-vis Afghan Women's Mission (www.afghanwomensmission.org).
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Browsing

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

Browsing...
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Browsing

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AntiMall display

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

AntiMall display...
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Items displayed differently than in a mall.
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AntiMall, December 16, 2006

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

AntiMall, December 1...
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Art for sale at AntiMall

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

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Art for sale at AntiMall cont'd

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

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Art for sale at AntiMall cont'd

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

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Clothing, art

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

Clothing, art...
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AntiMall

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

AntiMall...
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AntiMall

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

AntiMall...
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In Lak Ech performing

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

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Food area

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

Food area...
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Food was provided by the South Central Farmers (www.southcentralfarmers.org) and
Familias Unidas (www.myspace.com/familiasunidas,)
“which always includes vegetarian & vegan options & supports housing projects in Tijuana.”
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Afghan Women's Mission at the AntiMall

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

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Selling fair trade products from Afghanistan (website: www.afghanwomensmission.org).
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Work by an "Artivist"

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

Work by an "Art...
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"Flight of the Butterflies" by Lilia Ramirez of Street 1 Studios (www.firststreetstudios.com).
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Work by an "Artivist" (more)

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

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"Synthesis" by Lilia Ramirez of Street 1 Studios (www.firststreetstudios.com).
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AntiMall at La Culebra

by RP Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

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