Home Land Security, September 10 – December 18, 2016
Group Exhibition at the For-Site Foundation, Fort Winfield Scott, San Fransisco, CA
Home Land Security, a site-responsive exhibition, convened an international slate of eighteen contemporary artists to activate historic military defense structures at Fort Winfield Scott in the Presidio, overlooking San Fransisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. New and recent art works were installed in military structures, reflecting on the human dimensions and increasing complexity of national security, including the physical and psychological borders we create, protect, and cross in its name.
Curated by Cheryl Haines and Jackie von Treskow of the For-Site Foundation, participating artists included Shiva Ahmadi, Tammam Azzam, Diaz Lewis, Yashar Azar Emdadian, Al Farrow, Liza Lou, Mandana Moghaddam, Trevor Paglen, Shapour Pouyan, Michele Pred, The Propeller Group, Luz Maria Sanchez, Do Ho Suh, Bill Viola, Alexia Webster, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Yin Xiuzhen.
An Israeli artist based in New York, Tirtzah Bassel draws with duct tape — a material most often associated with quick fixes and temporary solutions — to explore the airport as a modern space of transience and transformation. The painterly and sculptural effects she achieves with her limited palette conjure the intrusive physical intimacy of a security pat-down, the postures of waiting, or the no-man’s-land of the transit lounge. Under the heightened security regime since 9/11, the traditional emblems of travel — freedom, adventure, global connection — have become entangled with more complex emotions of vulnerability, discomfort, disempowerment, and exposure as travelers find themselves “trapped” between destinations. Applied directly to the walls, Bassel’s images explore the relationship between power and space, and the permeable borders between public and private domains.
Annie Tittiger, “Make Art Not War,” San Francisco Magazine, September 2016. Read online.
Jean Schiffman, “New Presidio Exhibit Illuminates Complex Social Issues,” SF/ARTS, September 2016. Read online.
Leilani Labong, “Safe Haven” C Magazine, September 2016. Download PDF
Sam Whiting, “Foundation Puts Ballistics Test Inside Mothballed Presidio Bunker,” San Francisco Chronicle, September 7, 2016. Read online
Adam Brinklow, “Exclusive Look at Art inside Presidio’s Abandoned Bunkers,” Curbed SF,September 9, 2016. Read online
Jori Finkel, “Political Art That Packs A Punch,” The Art Newspaper, September 9, 2016. Read online
Michael Krasny, “Homeland Security Installation Comes to San Francisco’s Presidio Barracks,” KQED Forum, September 13, 2016. Read online
Sura Wood, “Coastal Art Installations,” The Bay Area Reporter, September 15, 2016. Read online
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“Can Art Save the World?” BBC World Service Radio, The Cultural Frontline, September 24, 2016. Read online
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Allen Schauffler, “Artists Exhibit Work in Historic Bunkers,” Al Jazeera English, September 29, 2016. Watch online
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Charles Desmarais, “Exhibits Inside Soaring Cathedral, Stark Bunkers,” San Francisco Chronicle, December 14, 2016. Read online
Gabrielle Gopinath, “Home Land Security at the Presidio,” SFAQ, December 15, 2016. Read online
Tanja M. Laden, “That Time Art Took Over a Military Complex,” The Creators Project, January 3, 2017. Read online