Join us for "(When We) Can’t Run Away" by Oxy Arts Initiate! recipients Danika Odell, Thomas Robertson, and Jackie Dall.
"(When We) Can’t Run Away," examines running as a form of political action and our relationships to the physical spaces we inhabit. Whether on the streets of Los Angeles or Bujumbura, the act of running has political implications. In Bujumbura, Burundi, running brought neighborhoods together until 2014, when the government banned group running to stifle political dissent. Recently in July 2017, police forces placed a ban on group runs in Sierra Leone. The government viewed the autonomous movement of people to be a political weapon. Our current refugee crisis and the realities of restricted migration provide another way to think about bodies in movement and how this movement is restricted.Modeled after interconnecting GPS running routes of L.A, the labyrinth invites participants to contemplate their spatial relationship to a transitive network of communities as they move and find their way through the superimposed trail.
On view: Nov 15 - Nov 23
Danika Odell is a junior Spanish Studies and Art and Art History double major from Mulino, Oregon. Her previous involvement with Oxy Arts includes painting dumpsters on the Occidental campus.
Thomas Robertson is a junior DWA/Group Language double major from Orange County, California. When he is not studying, he spends his time running cross country and track for Oxy. This is his first time working with Oxy Arts. His favorite visual artist is Jacob Lawrence.
Jackie Dall is a sophomore from La Crescenta, CA. Her academic interests include environmental policy, climate change, and modern art. Jackie is also on Occidental's cross country team, a Writing Advisor, and is on staff at The Occidental.
Sponsored by the Oxy Arts Initiate! Program.