The Gallery at Intersection develops and presents brand new installations and exhibitions that provide a resource of visual ideas and a platform for communications; art that transgresses boundaries of culture and discipline; artists who define, interpret and help to transform society through their work.
Intersection presents a wide variety of work – work by prominent established artists who have shown work in major galleries and museums, local emerging artists, and concept driven, Intersection-curated shows. Exhibitions are always programmed with events (artist’s talks, panel discussions, film & video screenings, performances, critics’ roundtables) that highlight the inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural nature of the work.
Recent highlights include solo exhibitions by Ala Ebtekar, April Banks, Hasan Elahi, Lebbeus Woods, Migdalia Valdes, Conrad Atkinson, Marcos Ramirez ERRE, Evan Bissell, Victor Cartagena, Taraneh Hemami, Binh Danh & Elizabeth Moy, Weston Teruya & Michele Carlson, Claudia Bernardi, Sama-sama, an international public art exchange between artists from San Francisco and Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and several large group exhibitions including Battle Emblems, Blueprints, Paper Bullets, Terror?, Don’t Try This at Home, and The Prison Project.
“The space is populated with artists from the community whose priorities are not to converse exclusively with other artists or the art world, but with people who want to use the culture of art as a catalyst to communicate with the community around them. This has been the basis of Intersection for over forty years.” – Sarah Lidgus, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism
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Current exhibition June 21 – August 31, 2013
Evidence: Artistic Responses to the Drug Cartel Wars
Thousands of people have been murdered in the past decade through the ongoing armed conflict between rival drug cartels fighting for regional control of trafficking routes into the U.S. as well as through confrontations with Mexican government forces. Journalistic coverage of the drug violence has declined over the years, as several dozen journalists have been murdered for covering narco-related news. Some media networks simply ceased reporting on the drug war, while others have been directly infiltrated and corrupted by drug cartels. Although harassment effectively neutralized many of the traditional media outlets in both the U.S. and Mexico, the drug cartels have also kept pace with non-traditional journalistic outlets, torturing and murdering bloggers and social media users. The U.S. Justice Department considers the drug cartels the greatest organized crime threat to the U.S. Although one may think this violence happens elsewhere, drug cartels have infiltrated nearly 200 cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta. Over 100 killings, and dozens more kidnappings and home invasions connected to the drug cartels, have occurred in the U.S. between 2008-10. The proximity of this violence becomes even more evident considering that a substantial amount of financing for the drug cartels comes from American drug consumers.
The work in this exhibition features artistic responses to the drug cartel wars through painting, video, photography, printmaking, and installation, responses that do not explicitly depict the graphic brutality of these incomprehensible acts of violence, but rather position images that can mitigate and counteract societal tendencies for compassion fatigue around this issue. With public consciousness about the drug cartel wars diminishing from lack of reportage and news coverage, these artists continue to put forth a platform for discussion about one of the most pressing issues or our time.
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