BIPOC Exchange Curated by Tanya Aguiñiga: Frieze Projects 2022

The artist and activist brings together BIPOC-led organisations from across the city of LA into a radical communal space at Frieze Los Angeles 2022

in Frieze Los Angeles , News | 09 FEB 22

A highlight for Frieze Los Angeles 2022 is a collaboration with artist Tanya Aguiñiga, founder of Art Made Between Opposite Sides, to present BIPOC Exchange.

This communal space, located within The Beverly Hilton Hotel, inside the Wilshire Garden, will present 10 Los Angeles-based, artist-led social impact projects.

Taking place February 17–20 as part of the Frieze Projects program, BIPOC Exchange will look to create a space that  honors each organization’s activities and efforts to make Los Angeles a more just community through a diverse range of disciplines, communities served, and range in project scale.

Participating organizations include: People's Pottery Project, Tierra Del Sol, AMBOS, Las Fotos Project, Classroom of Compassion, Tequio Youth/MICOP, Contra Tiempo, GYOPO, Los Angeles Poverty Department, and Urban Voices Project.

About the Participating Organizations

AMBOS seeks to express and document border emotion through art made on opposite sides, by providing a platform for bi-national artists along the border. Using craft and art as a vehicle for community self-care, this project is aimed at humanizing the act of border crossing.

Classroom of Compassion’s mission is to cultivate and re-imagine a more compassionate Los Angeles through immersive healing spaces and artist-led community co-creation workshops. They work to provide city members with the tools and resources to not only remember and honor all those we have lost, but to celebrate our loved ones' memories and stories with dignity and care.

Contra-Tiempo is a multilingual LA-based activist dance theater company. Since  2005,  they have  been  creating  a  new  physical,  visual  and sonic vocabulary that collages their Afro-Latinx ancestral movement lineages with theater, text, and original music to bring to life dynamic multimodal performance experiences.

GYOPO is a collective of diasporic Korean cultural producers and arts professionals generating and sharing progressive, critical, intersectional, and intergenerational discourses, community alliances, and free educational programs in Los Angeles and

Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) creates performances and multidisciplinary artworks that connect the experience of people living in poverty to the social forces that shape their lives and communities.  LAPD’s works express the realities, hopes, dreams and rights of people who live and work in L.A.’s Skid Row. 

Las Fotos Project’s mission is to elevate the voices of teenage girls & gender-expansive youth from communities of color through photography and mentoring, empowering them to channel their creativity for the benefit of themselves, their community, and future careers.

Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project works to support, organize and empower the indigenous migrant communities in California’s Central Coast. They envision a strong indigenous immigrant community actively engaged to achieve just working and living conditions, equality, and full human rights in the broader community.

People’s Pottery Project’s mission is to empower formerly incarcerated women, trans and non-binary individuals through the power of art-making, grassroots advocacy, and meaningful employment through its non-profit ceramics business. 

Tierra del Sol works with artists to demonstrate that creativity and artistic expression are not limited by physical or intellectual challenges. Their programs cultivate artistic expression so that all people can develop creatively and be recognized as cultural producers, community leaders and professional artists.

Urban Voices Project serves as a “bridge” to health and wellness services for our homeless and most vulnerable Angelenos. Through music education, musical workshops, and a performing ensemble, the Urban Voices Project continues to share music and its healing power with many individuals and audiences inside and outside the neighborhood of Skid Row. 

About Frieze Projects

Frieze Projects is an anchor program of Frieze Los Angeles and brings together a compelling program of artists and initiatives within the fair and its surroundings. Other highlights for 2022 include large-scale multi-disciplinary works, in and around the fair, by artists Alma Allen, Mel Bochner, Beatriz Cortez, Olivia Erlanger, Hannah Greely, Glenn Kaino, Woody De Othello, and Isabel Yellin.

Find out more about Frieze Los Angeles 2022

Image at top of page: AMBOS Day 10/Wall, Copyright ©2017 Gina Clyne Date taken 9/6/2017, 11:50PM