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Project Uprooted, 2018 

an installation and performance as part of the 

2018 Summer Artists in Residence
Building Bridges Art Exchange

Exhibition: "Geographies of the Invisible Line"
Davis Birks: USA, Mexico 
Doris Champ, a.k.a. La Razzia
: Austria 
Luciana Abait: Argentina, Los Angeles

Curator: Marisa Caichiolo

Artist Reception: September 8, 2018
Exhibition: September 8 - October 1, 2018
Building Bridges Art Exchange, Santa Monica, CA, USA


Saturday, the 8th of September, marked the end of my three-week residency at Building Bridges Art Exchange in Santa Monica, CA. Directed by Marisa Caichiolo, two other artists, Doris Schamp, aka La Razzia, from Austria, and Luciana Abait, originally from Argentina and now living in LA, and I were asked to venture beyond our comfort zones and practices as artists to create works related to the theme of displacement.


During the residency, we discussed our progress. Through this ongoing collaboration, our creative processes and personal dialogues with the work were empowered, ultimately leading to better results.


I built an improvised home in the gallery space and organized a small “cottage industry”. Through these activities, I was able to get a tentative sense of what it might be like for someone who had lost a home and had to organize a new life from scratch.


To build the gallery space “home,” I used resources at hand. I first searched the gallery’s storage area and from there out to the streets, alleyways and garbage bins of the neighborhood for furnishings. I also asked friends for things I needed and for help getting it to the gallery.


On the wall above my improvised living area, I painted a floor plan of a simple home. Aesthetically, this element created a visual reference to the rectangular forms of the home below, a reference to a past or future with respect to the temporality of my makeshift home.


The “cottage industry” was the sale of small plants sold for a profit over the initial cost, or by cuttings from larger plants replanted in found containers, such as plastic jugs and milk cartons. The transactions were economic, as well as symbolic, a reference to the possibility of a new home and new roots.


I began the sales as a two-act performance in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. For the first act, I presented myself as a well-dressed businessman accompanied by an assistant at a well-organized table with plants, posters, promotional stickers, flyers and tote bags, all sheltered under a canopy. For the second act, I sat on the pavement dressed as a homeless man and sold the plants while displaying two hand-lettered cardboard signs. In each case, I informed the public I was selling the plants to collect donations for UNHCR refugee programs.


Through this process, I gleaned a sense of the public’s reactions and interactions as I assumed the roles of these diametrically opposed personas. The staff at Building Bridges Art Exchange will continue collecting donations for the extent of the exhibition.


For the duration of the residency, programmed visits from the local community included students, local artists, critics, BBAX board members, photographers, and the general public.

A very special thank you to Marisa Caichiolo, Doris Schamp, and Luciana Abait.



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Uprooted: Installation, 2018

Installation process


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Uprooted: Installation, 2018

Installation process


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Uprooted: Installation, 2018

Installation process

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Residency Program, 2018
Building Bridges Art Exchange

Several times a week we would  meet to discuss our progress.

Left to right: AnneMarie León - apprentice from the Broad Museum, Davis Birks, Marisa Caichiolo - curator, Doris Schamp, Luciana Abait


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Uprooted, cottage industry
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Found containers were used for plants as part of the cottage industry.

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Uprooted: Installation and Cottage Industry, 2018 

Visitors at the Uprooted installation and selling table where plants were exchanged for donations to the UNHCR.


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Uprooted: Performance: Act II 

Pershing Square, Los Angeles, CA, USA, September 6, 2018



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Uprooted: Performance: Act I

Pershing Square, Los Angeles, CA, USA, September 6, 2018

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Uprooted: Installation, 2018

This chair I found for the installation in the alleyways of Santa Monica. 

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Uprooted: Installation, 2018

Books were graciously loaned from the Santa Monica Public Library covering a range of themes: the war in Syria, doll houses, how to beat the system, life as a homeless, life as a refugee, dream homes, etc.

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Uprooted: Installation, 2018

As part of the Installation, drawers from a dresser were filled with keys, small change, and maps. 

The keys represent the homes refugees and homeless would never return to. The small change makes reference to positive steps taken to improve the present condition. The maps in the last drawer mark routes to desired destinies. 

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Uprooted: Installation, Performance Video and Cottage Industry, 2018

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Students and their teacher, Jennifer Joyce, from the John Adams Middle School of Santa Monica, CA, return for a second visit with their own work in response to the exhibition. 

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