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'Domestic Geographies': 14th Annual Día De La Mujer Exhibition

  • WHEN Ongoing from now until May 7, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE The Front Arte & Cultura, 147 W. San Ysidro Blvd., San Ysidro, CA 92173
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free

Domestic Geographies Film Program: 'Home: That Obscure Object Of Desire'
Part of the Front Arte and Cultura's Domestic Geographies exhibition is a special film program, "Home: That Obscure Object of Desire," curated by Itzel Martinez del Cañizo. It includes six iconic feminist films from the last 50 years, including Chantal Akerman's short 1968 silent work, "Saute Ma Ville," ("blow up my town"). The film program synopsis excellently describes the plot as such: "A young woman comes to her house and in a dance of clumsy and everyday movements, she dines, reads, feeds her cat and puts an end to everything." Also featured is a 1975 six-minute film by American performance artist Martha Rosler, "Semiotics of the Kitchen," where she identifies and names culinary items in alphabetical order. Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg's 2003 short film "Love" is a series of clips from countless films, each scene alone too brief to tell a story but the filmmakers stitch these together as a longer, patchwork narrative, sometimes violent and jarring, sometimes laugh-out-loud absurd.

There's also the full-length 2016 Mexican documentary "Batallas Íntimas," which chronicles the stories of five survivors of domestic violence; "Brødre" an eight-year project from Norwegian director Aslaug Holm where she filmed her two sons growing from children to adolescents; and "Niñato," Adrián Orr's 2017 feature about a hip hop musician struggling to raise children.

Details: Viewable on-demand Friday through April 11. Some films require passwords, listed in the program here along with viewing links. Virtual. Free. -- Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS

About The Full Exhibition And Programming
The 14th annual Día de la Mujer exhibition at The Front in San Ysidro, features the work of more than 30 artists working in the border region. The result of an open call curated by Ingrid Hernández, the works showcase a complexity and political defiance within traditional and modern domestic realms. The two-month long project includes film screenings, a performance of Sarah Hennies' work "Contralto," panel discussions, a piñata workshop — and breaking ceremony — with Diana Benavidez and more. And to add to the all-star crew, Karla Aguiñiga is the video art program curator, Itzel Martínez del Cañizo is the film curator, and Julieta Venegas is the music selector.

The exhibition opens on Saturday with a virtual reception on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and the gallery will be open for appointment-based viewing beginning Tuesday, March 9. Artists featured in the exhibition include Beatrice Basso, Laura Etel Briseño, Claudia Cano, Gaby Guetz, Adela Goldbard, Andrea Orozco, Irma Sofía Poeter, Hong Kim, Chantal Peñalosa and more. --Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS

Exhibition information and schedule:
The 14th annual Día de la Mujer exhibition at the Front features works of art that demonstrate an expansive capacity and political resistance within the domestic sphere. Curated by Ingrid Hernández, and featuring the work of more than 30 multidisciplinary artists from the border region. Karla Aguiñiga is the video art program curator, Itzel Martínez del Cañizo is the film curator, and Julieta Venegas is the music selector.

Events:
Virtual opening reception: March 6 at 6 p.m.

'Aisladas Pero No Solas' by Diana Benavidez
Piñata project / workshop: March 11 and 13
Breaking ceremony: March 20

Virtual tour led by Ingrid Hernández: March 18

'Contralto' by Sara Hennies
Multimedia concert presented by Project [BLANK]: March 26 and 28

Movie screening curated by Itzel Martínez del Cañizo: April 1

Panel discussion moderated by Karla Aguiñiga: April 22

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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