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'Sediment/o': Omar Pimienta

Cross-border interdisciplinary artist Omar Pimienta is the new regional artist at Lux Art Institute, opening his exhibition Saturday. His work studies deportation, citizenship, the environment and geography — particularly the politicized history and perception of the Tijuana river — bringing photography, mixed media collage, sculpture, tech and poetry together in "Sediment/o." The exhibition title is also the title of Pimienta's book of poetry, and he'll read from this book during Friday's opening reception.

The visual works are startling, many of which combine photography from the wild and varied landscapes of the Tijuana river region overlaid with cement-like lettering, phrases like "Time is foreign," or "Landscape is a social construct."

Details: Opens Friday, June 4, 2021 from 6-9 p.m. with a reception, artist talk and poetry performance. On view by appointment, Thursday through Saturday from 2-5 p.m., through Saturday, Aug. 7. 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Free/donation-based.
--Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS

From the gallery:
Omar Pimienta will close out our A New Territory season in the Brandes Gallery. Pimienta’s work is heavily influenced by his extensive research on different narratives surrounding immigration, deportation, and citizenship. Pimienta’s interdisciplinary work calls on the injustices and problematic approaches existent in social, political, and economic systems along border cultures. For his exhibition at Lux, he is investigating the history of waterways and their relationship to cross-national communities.

Pimienta was born in Tijuana in 1978 and lives and works between San Diego and Tijuna. Pimienta has a Ph.D in Literature and an MFA from the University of California-San Diego as well as a B.A. in Latin American Studies, San Diego State University. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally at spaces such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; 5th Transborder Biennial with El Paso Museum of Art; MOCA Tucson. Arizona; Oceanside Museum of Art.; A Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibit; Museum Of Latin American Art in Long Beach and the Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles, CA.

On view June 5 through August 7, with an opening reception Friday June 4 from 6-9 p.m.

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Omar Pimienta, "Landscape is a social construct, 2021," m...

Above: Omar Pimienta, "Landscape is a social construct, 2021," mixed media photo print. Courtesy of the artist and Lux Art Institute.

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