Analia Saban | Notes on Looking

Hecho en Los Angeles: Slanguage, Vincent Ramos, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Analia Saban, Camilo Ontiveros

I have to admit that I was thrilled to see that several of my favorite Latino artists were chosen to participate in Made in LA.  According to the 2010 census, Latinos make up 44.4% of Los Angeles’ population.  So I would only expect that they get some attention and recognition in a biennial about art made here.  Fortunately artists like Slanguage are making sure to educate and foster new talent in areas of LA where many Latinos live but are not traditionally recognized by the art world.  ­¡Que viva Wilmington! If you haven’t heard the news yet, Slanguage is one of the five finalists up for the Mohn award.  If they win the prize, they will receive $100,000 to continue doing the great work they do.  !No hay excusas, vota ya! This socially engaged collective includes Mario Ybarra Jr., Karla Diaz and a long list of collaborators.  Their interactive installation at LAXART This Is a Takeover, A Ten-Year Survey of Slanguage documents 10 years of projects by artists such as Christopher Reynolds, Mario “Dred” Lopez, Mario Ybarra Jr., Rick “Taker” Saenz, Christopher Rivera, Betty Marin, Gabriel “GOB” Martinez, Angelica Muro, Eric Marques, Emilio Venegas Jr., Steve De La Torre, Antonio De Jesus Lopez…The Slanguage crew es impresionante!  Their “takeover” of LAXART is like the Indians of All Tribes takeover of Alcatraz Island in 1969.  But unfortunately Slanguage won’t be there for 19 months and most likely will not be forcibly thrown out by the US government (but I won’t speak too soon…).   Not only have they taken over the building inside and out (with their incredible mural on the...