LACE presents an Angeleno lounge-gathering-stage that celebrates the Spring, its uprisings and revolts. A series of videos, performances and readings inspired by the season of liberation, abundance, revolutions, new energies and blooming. Dedicated to all those flowers that have bloomed in the middle of the resistance and those that are missing or deprived of their freedom.
Amitis Motevalli moved to the US in 1977 just before the Iranian revolution. Her work explores the cultural resistance and survival of people living in poverty, conflict, and war and asks questions about violence, occupation, and the path to decolonization while invoking the significance of a secular grassroots struggle. Through many mediums—including sculpture, video, performance, and collaborative public art— manifested through both stand-alone projects and a variety of ongoing multidisciplinary series, she juxtaposes iconography with iconoclasm. In her recent series Golestan Revisited, Motevalli is working internationally with a broad spectrum of transnational Muslims in order to research what defines home, life, and labor in the urgency of survival. She is particularly concerned with conducting workshops with Muslims who come from places of political and religious conflict and collaborating on public art projects. Motevalli currently lives and works in Los Angeles, exhibiting art internationally as well as organizing to create an active and resistant cultural discourse through information exchange, either in art, pedagogy, or organizing fellow artists and educators. Motevalli has taught at Claremont Graduate University and Cal State Stanislaus as an artist-in-residence and adjunct professor, and been honored with several awards, fellowships, and residencies in the United States and internationally including both emerging and mid-career awards from the California Community Foundation in 2017 and 2012 respectively, as well as the Vision of California Fellowship by the James Irvine Foundation, a Montalvo Residency, and as the National Endowment for the Arts/Andy Warhol Foundation Fellow at 18th Street Arts Center and with the Danish Ministry of Culture and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit/Arab American Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Motevalli holds a Bachelor's in Women’s Studies and Art from San Francisco State University and a Masters of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University.
Jaklin Romine was born in Burbank, California, and currently lives in East Los Angeles. She studied Studio Arts at Cal State LA, where she was selected to be part of the Luckman Project. She then showed in galleries around Los Angeles, such as Gallery 825, and Avenue 50, before completing her Masters of Fine Arts at CalArts. Since graduating Romine was selected to participate in the Emerging Artist 2018 show at the Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA. Other exhibitions include New Women Space, New York, NY; Navel, Los Angeles, CA; and Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Romine has lectured on her work at the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Cal Arts, Valencia, CA as part of their ArtChangeUS: Arts in a Changing America five year initiative; and The Main Museum of Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been featured in multiple issues of Sacha Baumann’s broadsheet, Full Blede and at the beginning of 2019 she was featured on the cover in conjunction with her participation in Continuant, a group show at Noysky Projects, Hollywood, CA. She received the Rema Hort Foundation 2019 Emerging Artist Grant which assisted her in creating her latest body of work that was shown in her first solo show, Why bring me flowers when I’m dead? When you had the time to do it when I was alive/Living with SCI, PSLA, Los Angeles, CA.
About Jordi: “I am a gender non-conforming, Afrofuturistic, multidimensional artist weaving healing energy into my works for myself and others to evolve. I moved to Los Angeles with my single mother to pursue her passion of the arts and by association became very involved in everything theatrical. She enrolled me in a conservatory program focussed on teaching black and brown students the arts through: singing, dancing, and acting. I found art truly being my saving grace allowing me to process my emotions, growth, trauma, and aspects of myself that may have been judged if they weren’t explored on a stage. I have always been drawn to heightened realities. I continued exploring my relationship with the arts at Carnegie Mellon Uni learning very much about myself, destroying assumption, boxes, and labels while actively trying to participate in an entertainment industry very focussed on type and branding. The more that I evolved and remembered myself, the more I realized how little I saw myself in the art that drew me to the arts to begin with. The homogeny of race and sexuality within storytelling pushed me towards the pieces that I want to create for myself and others around me. 3 years ago with my involvement with local activism, my own journey of self-care/healing, and finding a community that allowed me to grow authentically is when I rebirthed my artistic self. This year I have created more than I ever have and from a place that is grounded in the core of why I create. I create to heal, I create to express myself, and I create to be in ceremony.”
SOVO// Magazine was born in South Los Angeles in 2018. The platform’s conception was brought about by a convergence of creatives, from a multitude of artistic backgrounds to employ experimental storytelling techniques with transformative results.
SOVO// believes that ideas and creative innovation often originate in surprising or overlooked places. Our ethos centers on ingenuity and engagement; we aim to inspire, encouraging introspective considerations on the nature of being, and to help our readers discover surprising perspectives of themselves and the world around them. SOVO// seeks an inclusive community prioritizing underrepresented demographics.
The Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) is a Los Angeles-based intersectional feminist art space that is building community and elevating the work of women and non-binary artists, makers, and creative practitioners. In our Elysian Valley location, we house a co-work space, artist in residence program and exhibition space, a print lab, a feminist library, and many programs, events, and workshops. We work towards a feminism prioritizing women of color, queer, trans and nonbinary folx, and other marginalized communities. Through this, we are building community, reframing creative conversations, and modeling the world we wish to see. We invite you to join us.
Alima Lee is a filmmaker, designer, artist, curator, and DJ from New York and is currently based in LA. Her work explores themes of identity and intersectionality. She is Co-Founder and Art Director of Akashik Records music label, and Co-Host of a monthly show, “RaveReparations” on NTS. Her film work has been presented at MOCA, Smithsonian African American Museum, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, and ICA Boston to name several of many US locales, and will be featured at this 2020 FriezeLA.