MoCA Museum of Contemporary Art

Mi casa es tu casa, a land project

30 Jan - 01 May 2010

Moris, silk screen for Mi casa es tu casa, a Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) installation at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, on view January 30 through April 30, 2010

01.30.10 - 05.01.10

Mexico City–based artist Moris's (a.k.a. Israel Meza Moreno) site-specific installation Mi casa es tu casa presents a series of conceptually linked vinyl texts and digital prints. An enlarged copy of the artist's recent visa denial letter is installed on the museum's façade, select phrases of text are attached to the canopy support beams, and the building's entryway is covered with a series of initially hidden images arranged in a grid on the ground, collecting dirt as spectators enter the museum to reveal over time a group portrait. With this project, Moris evokes individual histories as subject to lived experiences of "invisibility" or "disappearance," literally and conceptually. Exploring ideas of illegal immigration and concealed ethnic identity, Moris uses the state of latent revelation within the material to add an additional layer of encryption to the work.

Mi casa es tu casa is presented at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA as part of VIA: STAGE 1, a city-wide public art project commissioned by Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND). LAND is a non-profit art organization committed to commissioning and producing site- and situation-specific projects with national and international artists, in Los Angeles and beyond.

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