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Andrea Bowers, Radical Hospitality, 2015, stainless steel, aluminum tubes, wood, chain, neon signs, cable, 118 × 39 × 39".

Andrea Bowers

kaufmann repetto

Andrea Bowers, Radical Hospitality, 2015, stainless steel, aluminum tubes, wood, chain, neon signs, cable, 118 × 39 × 39".

For Andrea Bowers’s debut exhibition at Kaufmann Repetto, the Los Angeles–based artist turned her grassroots-activist eye to the struggle for immigrants’ rights in the United States. Rooting her investigation of this topic in an exposure of the underlying imbalance of power between colonized cultures and former colonizers—a disequilibrium that is still dramatically visible in the border regions between Mexico and the US—Bowers conceived a sprawling installation consisting of archival materials, graphite drawings, political posters, photographs, video, and sculpture. This project, titled “Self-determination,” builds on research the artist began in 2010, when she became interested in the Brown Berets, a revolutionary organization formed during the Chicano civil-rights movement of the late 1960s. The group garnered only brief media attention, but it continues to fight for

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