Privacies Infrastructure is a new public program by Materials & Applications that explores the notions of privacy and privatization in the residential landscape of Echo Park. A walk through this neighborhood reveals a visual catalogue of wood planks, chain link fencing, steel bars, aluminum screens, and green hedges. These fences, window gratings, and security gates are common fixtures of many residential Los Angeles neighborhoods. They are so ubiquitous in the city’s urban fabric that they often go unnoticed, yet they are integral to the ways we define individual and collective access to land, housing, and property.
Privacies Infrastructure asks four artists and architects to interrogate the physical structures of privacy and privatization in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, an area that has witnessed dramatic change in both its housing prices and its demographics. The multifaceted program unfolds over the summer with outdoor installations, performance, and public programming, including four new commissions by Besler & Sons, Tanya Brodsky, Fiona Connor, Gwyneth Shanks and Sarah Lewis-Cappellari. Privacies Infrastructure is organized by guest curator Aurora Tang with Materials & Applications director Jia Gu.
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