Here, There, Elsewhere: Assembling Communities begins today with Helena Producciones, at Kadist Art Foundation

SFMOMA is collaborating with 7 other Bay Area art institutions on 15 events over the next 12 days — beginning tonight (6 p.m., FREE) at Kadist, with an evening of seven live performance proposals. The semifinalists presenting this evening were selected through an open call for actions and gestures that emphasize visual commentary on urgent social issues. The event casts the Colombian artist collective Helena Producciones as jurors, echoing their Festival de Performance de Cali.

Here, There, and Elsewhere: Assembling Communities takes its lead from the two exhibitions Six Lines of Flight and South Africa in Apartheid and After, together constituting a collection of stories from places under-recognized by the dominant global art economy. These are places where the questionable dynamics of center and periphery are in play; where collaborative, grassroots action sustains cultural communities; and where, in many cases, violent or repressive histories haunt collective memory. Here, There, and Elsewhere will explore these themes through a series of discussions, encounters, performances, and screenings, as well as an online project commissioning and curating related media.

The festival program (more info on each event here):

11/28 Performance: Helena Producciones local proposals, Kadist Art Foundation, 6 p.m., FREE

11/29 Discussion: Photographer David Goldblatt in conversation, SFMOMA, 7 p.m., FREE

11/30 Pop-Up Lunch: Colombian cuisine for sale by Maite, SFMOMA, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., FREE

11/30 Curatorial Workshop: Exhibiting South Africa, YBCA, noon–2 p.m., FREE

12/1 Symposium: Creating the Periphery, SFMOMA, noon–5:30 p.m., FREE (with museum admission)

12/2 Performance: Helena Producciones local proposal winners, location TBD, FREE

12/3 Performance/Lecture: Mapa Teatro: Witness to the Ruins, SFMOMA, 7 p.m., $10/$7

12/4 Screening: Mảnh Ghép Cuộc Đòi, Tập 1 (Porcelain, Episode One: On the Lost Side of Time) Thiện Đỗ/The Propeller Group, SFMOMA, noon, FREE

12/4 Screening: Helena Producciones: LOOP SF launch viewing, Galeria de La Raza, 6 p.m., FREE

12/5 Artist Talk: Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Kadist, 6 p.m., FREE

12/6 Book Signing: A Variation on the Powers of Ten by Futurefarmers, SFMOMA, 6 p.m., FREE

12/6 Screening: San Francisco Cinematheque presents Shifting Geographies/Special Relativity: Deep State and Other Works, SFMOMA, 7 p.m., $10/$7

12/7 Performance: Carolina Caycedo, California Academy of Sciences, 2 p.m., FREE (with academy admission)

12/9 Performance: Carolina Caycedo, SFMOMA, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., FREE (with museum admission)

12/10 Performance: Carolina Caycedo, San Francisco Art Institute, 7 p.m., FREE


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