LA Art Show (LAAS) one of the largest international art fairs in the United States, opened its doors January 10, 2017 with a local and global program highlighting modern and contemporary artists, curators, galleries, institutions, and partners. Taking into account the evolving role of the art fair, LAAS featured a powerful and incredibly significant program, curated by major local and international museums and arts organizations. Below are a couple of highlights!
In his work “Cauce/Riverbed,” the artist exposes the significant challenges faced by immigrants in California and the larger United States. Martiel digs deep into the nature of undocumented immigration and shows how it impacts the lives of some eleven million individuals and their families in the world’s most powerful nation.
His performance is a window to the human tragedy that grossly affects immigrants with low-education levels and limited English language skills, who come to the United States risking their lives as they venture into the dangerous desert in an attempt to cross the Mexico-US border. As Martiel shows, despite the highly-publicized “American Dream,” for these poor and uneducated immigrants, making it alive into US territory does not necessarily guarantee access to better opportunities or to a higher quality of life.