From Feb 25 through April 30, 2017, the Coachella Valley and its desert landscape will become the canvas for a curated exhibition of site-specific work by established and emerging artists, whose projects will amplify and articulate global and local issues that may range from climate change to starry skies, from Tribal culture and immigration to tourism, gaming, and golf. The art works, in various indoor and outdoor locations, will be available free and will offer visitors a way to see the Valley and reflect on serious and playful issues through the lens of the participating artists' creativity and work. 

One I Call is a site-specific sculpture that reflects on the complex web of narratives surrounding deserts and desert communities. The piece is modeled after traditional pigeon towers found throughout the desert villages of Egypt.  The practice of homing pigeons spans multiple traditions, illustrating a narrative of migration across space and time. The piece stands at once as a beacon, a sanctuary and a memorial for the people and communities of the desert who's histories are often dismissed or marginalized.  The piece address concerns of cultural agency, environmental protection and displacement at stake in the Coachella Valley and many similar desert communities across the world.

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Preparing the site at Whitewater Preserve. Photo Credit: Jack Thompson

 

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Scouting the site at Whitewater Preserve

 

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Soil tests

 

Click here or more information about the Desert X Biennial 2017 

Categories: exhibitions, biennial