The MexiCali Biennial is proud to announce the inaugural installment of The Land of Milk and Honey, a traveling multidisciplinary arts and culture program focused on the ideological concept of agriculture in the regions of California and Mexico. The exhibition will be on view at the Santa Cruz MAH from September 1–December 31, 2022
Drawing inspiration from John Steinbeck’s portrayal of the region as a corrupted Eden, the biennial presents works that question ethical, cultural, and regional practices related to foodways, and the venture from seed to table. The biblical reference of a “land of milk and honey” first became associated with California as a tool for promoting the state as a land of opportunity; a destination for those in search of a better way of life – a terra firma that would provide sustenance and abundance. This boosterism also served as an ethos that fueled “Manifest Destiny” and resulted in land grabs, labor exploitation, ecological destruction, and social injustices. This inaugural exhibition explores artists’ views around multi-layered topics associated with agriculture including environmental impacts, cultural culinary traditions, identity and migration, regional histographies, and familial and mythical connections to food.
Participating artists include:
Boo Alejo Sorondo, Janeth Aparicio, David Bacon, Pablo Castañeda and Eduardo Kintero, Carlos Castro Arias, Emily C-D, Cat Chiu Phillips, Janet Diaz, Melora Garcia, Katie Herzog, Cynthia Hooper, Albert Lopez Jr, Juan Luna-Avin, Narsiso Martinez, Hillary Mushkin, Isidro Pérez García, Sol2Soul Arts Collective (Fernando Armenghol, Yari Montes, Tarisse Iriarte Medina, Andrea YaYA Porras, Viviana Rubi Cruz Lopez), Devon Tsuno, Annabel Turrado, Jessica Wimbley and Chris Christion.
The Land of Milk and Honey is organized by Ed Gomez, Luis G. Hernandez, Enid Baxter-Ryce, Rosalia Romero, and April Lillard-Gomez.
More information can be found HERE.