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Towards the end of 2009, Sara Angel and Alejandra embarked upon a journey of intercultural exchange and budget travel, setting out to meet visual artists working in groups in different cities. Below you will find some ideas with which they began this project, thinking about how to document both their travels and questions about collectivity, artistic production and the roles these play in the social arena of an urban metropolis.

“I am interested in exploring unconventional borderlands. For example, parallels between Latino and Arab art worlds might not be apparent at first glance, yet there are many links relating to context, theme, and art production among cities like Beirut and Medellin, Cairo and Mexico City, Ramallah and Havana. It is my hope that by creating an open space to share information about artist groups from each region, these links will become more readily discussed and more interesting to artists and communities in both areas. This blog represents part of a larger archive I am compiling with interviews, images, video, souvenirs and artworks relating to artist groups.  One day I hope to make the complete archive available for use by artists, urban activists, researchers, and the general public.”

Sara Angel
London, 2011

 

“One way of explaining the world is through language.  While the field of linguistics uses the verbal as its base for scientific study, the individual creates another kind of communication, born out of a great necessity to express and communicate what is absorbed from our surroundings.  This is especially the case when words are not sufficient for objectively expressing an idea.

The thinking and rational human being transforms and shapes objects, sounds, images and colors into an artistic language, adding another level to social interaction with a logical and evolutionary capacity. The simple act of transmitting one’s own thoughts has the potential of stimulating the senses of an audience which appreciates art as a language alluding to a shared context.”

Alexxx
Mexico City, 2009

 

 

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