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Chantal Peñalosa: 'There's Something About the Weather of This Place'


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until April 17, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Best Practice, 2284 Kearney Ave., San Diego, CA 92113
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free

March 13 - April 17, 2021
Gallery Hours
Saturdays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and by appointment
*NOTE: gallery hours have changed from Fridays to Saturdays.

BEST PRACTICE is pleased to announce a new show of works by Tecate-based artist Chantal Peñalosa. The exhibition will bring together current and past works in photography, painting, and video that broadly address the sociopolitical tensions that pervade the U.S./Mexico border through investigations of the mutual clime, shared firmament, and bifurcated landscape of this charged region.

The camera is aimed at the sky to create photo diptychs that record the subtle shifts in cloud formations that happen in the time it takes to cross the U.S/Mexico border.

A video records a performance work made on Avenida México, a street in Tecate, Baja California, that runs along the border between Mexico and the United States in which the artist assumed eye-level height with a USA border patrol truck parked on a small hill to survey the border by sitting atop the roof of a house. She first sits with her back to the truck and describes the scenery to it; she then turns to face the truck creating a one-sided dialogue with her action.

Another video work reconciles a childhood memory of a colloquialism that explains, through myth, the phenomenon of condensation trails formed by the engines of aircraft “crossing the border” several miles overhead.

Blank canvases coated with white paint were laid on their backs and exposed to the falling ash and soot created by the wildfires that plagued the California/Baja California border region in 2019.

A custom fragrance is crafted through collaboration with a chemist that faithfully reproduces the smells one encounters at and around the Tijuana/San Diego border. This fragrance will fill the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

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Through gestures and actions that intervene in everyday life, Chantal Peñalosa establishes dialogues with entities that apparently cannot respond: memories, rumors, architecture, stones, clouds, aromas, or gestures. Performative actions archived in photographs, sculptures, installations, publications, or videos dialogue with phenomena such as waiting, the unnoticed, and the passage of time, shining light on political and social issues. She has recently been working on art history and literature passages that seem to be forever on standby, having been omitted, forgotten, or rejected.

Her work has been shown in institutions like M HKA Museum, Belgium (2019); ESPAC, Mexico (2019); XII Bienal FEMSA, Mexico (2018); Museo Amparo, Mexico (2018); CCI Fabrika, Russia (2017), La Tallera, Mexico (2015); ZKM Center for Art and Media, Germany (2015), MUAC, Mexico (2014), amongst others.

For more on Chantal’s work please visit here.

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BEST PRACTICE is a not-for-profit exhibition space located in the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego, CA for projects from regional, national, and international artists and curators.
For its first two years, BEST PRACTICE existed at two locations in San Diego: within an institutional glass-enclosed bulletin board housed within the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History at the University of San Diego, and on a Sony Trinitron PVM20L5 video monitor which screened video works installed at Helmuth Projects.

BEST PRACTICE was founded by Joe Yorty and Allie Mundt in 2016.

For questions or to make an appointment to view the exhibition, email us at

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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