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“Estamos Contra El Muro” Giant Piñata Wall: Political Art Exhibit | SF

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Friday, September 9, 2016 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Southern Exposure | 3030 20th Street, San Francisco, CA

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Southern Exposure presents Estamos contra el muro | We Are Against the Wall, an exhibition by Sita Kuratomi. In this intensely divisive election season, Bhaumik and curator Michele Carlson produce a potent and nuanced response to the current social, political, and economic realities. A wall built of hand-crafted piñatas in the form of cinder blocks will dominate and divide the Southern Exposure gallery.

Bhaumik collaborated with Piñatas Las Morenitas Martínez, Little Piñata Maker, Cece Carpio (Trust Your Struggle), La Pelanga, People’s Kitchen Collective, and Norma Listman.

Walls and borders are built to protect, segregate, detain, and enact power. Donald Trump’s proposed border wall projects the perception of national unity and, conversely, ascribes otherness to those who lie beyond. But borders are porous, shifting, illusive. Divorced from geographical position, Estamos contra el muro highlights how every border wall is an imaginary one.

Over the course of the exhibition, the wall will undergo a dramatic transformation that enacts the dynamic transactional nature of border sites. The opening reception on September 9 marks the completion of the wall’s construction with a Migration Mixtape by La Pelanga DJ collective, street food, and limited edition mini-piñatas by the Little Piñata Maker.

Like other political walls, the piñatas beg to be beaten down, pulverized by force, and left as a fetishized relic of times past. Bhaumik’s wall is not merely a narrative of division or a seductive solution to the problem of certain bodies. By questioning how one might unknowingly and unwittingly be complicit in its very construction, Bhaumik reminds us that, like these piñatas, all walls are built by hand.

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Cost: FREE
Categories: *Top Pick*, Art & Museums
Address: 3030 20th Street, San Francisco, CA