Untitled: a procession on the borders of something that has already shifted uses fences to explore questions around privacy, private property, privilege, displacement, and belonging. Shanks, in collaboration with Sarah Lewis-Cappellari, examines what it means to pass through a neighborhood, lingering in the histories, communities, materials, textures, and memories that make up such spaces.
Taking the form of a procession through private and public spaces in Echo Park, Untitled features the voices of invited collaborators, who include a landscape architect, an academic expert on residential zoning laws and the history of racial dispossession in Echo Park, a Chicanx artist whose drawing practice includes portraits of East Los Angeles’s residential landscape, and Echo Park residents who explore their memories and connections to the neighborhood. The performance culminates in an empty lot marked for residential development, a space understood as nascent with potentiality and conflicting desires. An open space, an unbuilt—for now—space for speculation.
Click here for a downloadable PDF of the performance program notes, which includes more detailed descriptions of each collaborator.
Untitled: a process on the boarders of something that has already shifted was commissioned by Materials & Applications for the exhibition, Privacies Infrastructures, and was funded in part through the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants and the Graham Foundation.
Invited Artist Talk, Urban Humanities, UCLA, May 2018
Performance, September 29, 2018, Echo Park, Los Angeles