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Galerķa de la Raza presents: The Sanctuary City Project

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Galería de la Raza is thrilled to partner with Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) to temporarily activate the 2205 Mission Street façade with The Sanctuary City Project. Installed on a site used by the local Mission community as a vending hub, as well as a site earmarked for future affordable housing, this public art intervention will center community dialogue around the politics of sanctuary and who gets counted in this country.

 

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Galería de la Raza está encantada de asociarse con Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) para activar temporalmente la fachada de 2205 Mission Street con The Sanctuary City Project. Instalada en un sitio utilizado por la comunidad local de Mission como un centro de venta, así como un sitio destinado a viviendas asequibles en el futuro, esta intervención de arte público centrará el diálogo comunitario en torno a la política del santuario y a quién se cuenta en este país.

 

 


 

From its inception, The Sanctuary City Project has aimed to engage audiences in creating and spreading stories of migration deeply informed by the community’s participation and contributions in direct relation to their lived experiences. Through interactive installations, mobile print shops, and public art interventions, artists Sergio de la Torre and Chris Treggiari have collected and archived over 700 responses to questions that reflect on the notion of sanctuary. Responses to these questions have been collected and turned into posters, banners and public art projects.

 

As we enter a contentious election season on top of a global pandemic that has disproportionately affected Brown, Black, and Indigenous communities, and the ongoing calls for racial justice and police defunding, The Sanctuary City Project highlights the importance of public space as instrumental for mobilization and essential to our community’s mental and physical well being during abnormal times. Through this public art intervention we aim to provide a moment of respite while also joining local and national conversations that concern our communities. 

 

You can visit The Sanctuary City Project installation at 2205 Mission St. between 18th St. and Mission St. in San Francisco's Mission District. Or view footage of the installation here.

 

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Desde su inicio, The Sanctuary City Project ha tenido como objetivo involucrar al público en la creación y difusión de historias de migración profundamente informadas por la participación y las contribuciones de la comunidad en relación directa con sus experiencias vividas. A través de instalaciones interactivas, imprentas móviles e intervenciones de arte público, los artistas Sergio de la Torre y Chris Treggiari han recopilado y archivado más de 700 respuestas a preguntas que reflejan la noción de santuario. Las respuestas a estas preguntas se han recopilado y convertido en carteles, pancartas y proyectos de arte público.

 

A medida que entramos en una temporada de elecciones polémicas además de una pandemia global que ha afectado de manera desproporcionada a las comunidades de color marrón, negro e indígenas, y los llamamientos en curso para la justicia racial y la desfinanciación policial, el Proyecto Ciudad Santuario destaca la importancia del espacio público como instrumento para la movilización y esencial para el bienestar físico y mental de nuestra comunidad durante tiempos anormales. A través de esta intervención de arte público, nuestro objetivo es brindar un momento de respiro y al mismo tiempo unirnos a las conversaciones locales y nacionales que preocupan a nuestras comunidades.

 

Puede visitar la instalación de The Sanctuary City Project en 2205 Mission St. entre 18th St. y Mission St. en la Mission de San Francisco. O vea imágenes de la instalación aquí.

 

About the artists:

 

 

As an artist and educator, Sergio De La Torre’s work often invokes collaborations with the subjects and invites both intimate and critical reflections on topics related to housing, immigration, and labor, to mention only a few. De La Torre purposely works with individuals from marginalized sectors of the cities he works in, including factory workers (Tijuana), shoeshine boys (Mexico City), undocumented immigrants (Los Angeles and San Francisco), and evicted families (Oakland). In his work De La Torre has tried to approach the lives of these individuals, not as victim-subjects, but rather has attempted to reexamine the meaning of their actions in the context of shifting global conditions.
Chris Treggiari's artistic practice strives to investigate how art can enter the public realm in a way that can connect wide ranges of people and neighborhoods in a variety of communities.  Chris has shown internationally including the Venice Biennale 2012 American Pavilion as well as nationally at SFMOMA, the Torrance Art Museum, the Getty Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Jose Museum of Art, The Oakland Museum of California, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

 

As an artist and educator, Sergio De La Torre’s work often invokes collaborations with the subjects and invites both intimate and critical reflections on topics related to housing, immigration, and labor, to mention only a few. De La Torre purposely works with individuals from marginalized sectors of the cities he works in, including factory workers (Tijuana), shoeshine boys (Mexico City), undocumented immigrants (Los Angeles and San Francisco), and evicted families (Oakland). In his work De La Torre has tried to approach the lives of these individuals, not as victim-subjects, but rather has attempted to reexamine the meaning of their actions in the context of shifting global conditions.

 

 

Chris Treggiari's artistic practice strives to investigate how art can enter the public realm in a way that can connect wide ranges of people and neighborhoods in a variety of communities.  Chris has shown internationally including the Venice Biennale 2012 American Pavilion as well as nationally at SFMOMA, the Torrance Art Museum, the Getty Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Jose Museum of Art, The Oakland Museum of California, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

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