October 23 - November 6
Opening Party Friday, Oct 23 - 7-9p
Exploring District One through community, memory, and object, Los Outsiders gathered stories and mementos from the residents in the district. For their district preview, the team curated an exhibition of personal objects and imagery and use interviews and portraiture that captured the everyday memories that weave residents together and to the places they call home.
Through photography and interviews, Los Outsiders met with and learned about a broad spectrum of people from the area.
Through interviews and documented excursions using public transportation, the collective traced the boundaries of the district as they explored the places that have meaning to the residents.
Through the interviews and portraits, the artists asked residents to open up about personal belongings or objects that they hold dear, or that tell us something about who they are.
A culminating project wove together all of these elements into a temporary exhibition and accompanying reception at Cement Loop, a studio and gallery space in District One. Once the exhibition came down, the individuals whose objects were documented were collaged with those of other residents and given copies of the work so as to further establish connections between participants.
Special thanks to Council Member Ora Houston and her staff for going out of their way to have a meaningful relationship with us. They have been there to help us at every request, and for that we are so appreciative. Also, Stafford Gunning and his business partner Cedric Douglas at Cement Loop for the free use of their space!
Los Outsiders, the Austin based creative collective, began in 2007 when Jaime Salvador Castillo, Michael Anthony García and Hector Hernandez met exhibiting work in Mexic-Arte Museum’s “Young Latino Artists 11: Juventud Desenfrenada.” With the addition of Robert Jackson Harrington in 2014, Los Outsiders broadened the scope of their creative endeavors.
Collectively, Los Outsiders develop platforms for artistic dialog such as the Los Outsider video-podcasts, and by curating group exhibitions with local, national and international artists. Recent projects include Dance Your Pants Off and #ATXLoteria, focusing on artist driven community involvement and engagement.
In 2012, the Austin Critics’ Table awarded Los Outsiders Best Group Show Curation for “Heir Today Gone Tomorrow.” Currently, Los Outsiders upcoming curatorial project Gently Fried for the Emma S. Barrientos MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center) is set to debut in April 2015.
Los Outsiders photo credit David Bellesen