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Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in LA

Los Angeles Central Library

Tlacolulokos, Untitled, 2017. Courtesy of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. Photograph by Faust Nahúm

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This exhibition and associated programming celebrate the Zapotec language and culture of Oaxaca, Mexico, and includes new artwork exploring identity, migration, and the shared cultural experience between LA and Mexico.

The Library Foundation of Los Angeles (LFLA) will present Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A. , an exhibition and associated public programs celebrating the Zapotec language as a key lifeline sustaining shared cultural experience in Mexico, Los Angeles, and beyond. Zapotec is the most widely spoken indigenous language in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca, and Los Angeles is home to the largest population of indigenous Oaxacans outside of Mexico. Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A. will recognize the importance of the Oaxacan presence in Southern California and explore contemporary realities of indigenous culture. The project will include an installation in the Los Angeles Central Library’s Rotunda by Oaxacan artist collective Tlacolulokos, a short documentary by Oaxacan filmmaker Yolanda Cruz, and a series of 60 public programs across Los Angeles with visual artists, scholars, poets and writers. Programs, many of which will be multi-lingual, will be presented as part of LFLA’s acclaimed ALOUD literary and performance series and as community workshops in select locations of the Los Angeles Public Library.


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Date

September 16, 2017 - January 31, 2018

Neighborhood

Downtown & East LA

Admission

Free

Medium

Architecture & Design, Film & Video, Installation, Murals, Painting

 

Venue

Los Angeles Central Library Website

Address

630 W. Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA

Catalog

No