Philo visited the Customizing Language display put on by the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) on Hollywood Boulevard. Located along the Walk of Fame and just blocks down from the notorious TCL Chinese Theater, Customizing Language was a well needed dose of reality and perspective. Aligning perfectly with Philo’s goal of spreading critical awareness of Latin American issues through digital media, the displays brought attention to flawed U.S. immigration policy, refugee persecution, machismo, human trafficking, imperialism, transcultural identities and more.
Most of all the exhibit showed how “far from being an objective structure system, language can reflect power relations, hierarchies, social differences, and historical problems. The title of the exhibition is a play on words that by alluding to familiar terms addressed some of the topics in the show – such as “custom” (cultural traditions), “U.S. Customs” (immigration issues), and lowrider “customization” (L.A. popular culture) – serving as an invitation for the viewer to understand the works as adaptations of text and language that open up a space for dialogue and understanding”(Alonso and Preciado, Curators).
If you are in the area check it out January 6 @ 7:00 pm – February 14 @ 10:00 pm or visit LACE online.