Brazilian Art Collective - Grupo Bijari comes to LA.

Outpost for Contemporary Art announces Artist Residency of Grupo Bijari, through November 26

Published on LatinoLA: October 29, 2010

Brazilian Art Collective - Grupo Bijari comes to LA.

Outpost for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce that Brazilian
art collective, Grupo Bijari, will be in-residence from October 22 ÔÇô November 21, 2010
as part of the organization's long running international residency program. Unlike
previous residency cycles, this iteration will happen in partnership with Occidental
College, a liberal arts college located within walking distance of Outpost in the
Northeastern corner of Los Angeles. Occidental will provide housing to Outpost's
visiting artists and faculty and students will assist in activating, situating, and
executing the artists' dynamic projects.

Grupo Bijari is a collective of artists, urban planners, architects, and designers that
was formed in S?ño Paulo, Brazil in 1996. The group aims to find a synthesis between
art and activism through participatory public projects and urban interventions.
During their residency, Grupo Bijari will produce a participatory art project called
America Love Me in collaboration with multiple community partners. The project
will address education and immigration by creating a situational context for young
people to respond and position themselves in relation to the changing conditions of
contemporary American society. The project will revolve around two concurrent
activities ÔÇô one-to-one workshops between participating youth and Grupo Bijari
artists and a Blog platform (www.americaloveme/outpost-art.org) that will serve as a
hub for communication and exchange and archive content produced by the
participants during the project??s four week term.

An installation of material generated during the workshops and culled from the blog
will be assembled and presented at Outpost and a silk-screened poster that speaks
to the project??s concerns and process will be created and distributed.

Grupo Bijari will discuss current artistic strategies in Brazil during a free public lecture
hosted by Occidental on Monday, November 8 from 5:30-7 PM in Johnson 200 Lecture
Hall (Campus Map: http://www.oxy.edu/x6062.xml). A public reception to celebrate the
project America Love Me and the resulting installation will be held on Friday,
November 19, from 5:30 ÔÇô 8 PM at Outpost's Highland Park headquarters (1268 N. Ave
50, Los Angeles, CA 90041).

Grupo Bijari has explored issues of sociopolitical control, urban gentrification and
cultural identity, through a diverse range of resources and technologies, including,
poster campaigns, large-scale video projections, installation, performance and
VJing. Exhibitions in international venues include Bienal de Havana, (2003 & 2006)
and Collective Creativity, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel and Siemens Arts
Program, Munich. Curated by What, How & for Whom / WHW (2005). The group also
develops motion graphics and audio-visual work for Cartier, Motorola, Nokia among
others and award-winning videos for the music industry. English magazine, Time
Out, singled out Bijari as one of the "Top Five Visual Artists" working today. Their
extensive exhibition history is online at http://www.bijari.com.br.

Founded in 1887 and located in the northeastern corner of Los Angeles, Occidental is a
liberal arts college defined by its rigorous academic standards, its dedication to
community engagement, its modest scale, and its city. Housing visiting artists and
matching them with students and classes is one of many ways the college meets its
mission goal to fulfill individual aspirations while fostering a deeply rooted
commitment to the public good.

Outpost for Contemporary Art is a non-profit organization devoted to connecting people
to art and artists from around Los Angeles and around the world through a wide variety
of events, exchange programs and residencies.

www.outpost-art.org 1268 North Ave 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (323) 982-9461 info@outpost-art.org

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