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The Conscientious Objector

From February 3rd to April 15th, The Mak Center's Schindler House will be hosting The Conscientious Objector, organized by Public Fiction. The Conscientious Objector will be focusing on the issues of cultural citizenship and societal factions in regards to today's political and mediatic landscape. The exhibition is curated by Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey, head of production and international projects at the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, and Lauren Mackler, Founding Director of Public Fiction. This initiative is commissioned by the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission of the City of West Hollywood, and supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Los Angeles Office.

The Conscientious Objector will open with a series of "artists commercials" both broadcast and theatrical presentation. Those commercials have been conceived as a critical form of public address reflecting on the accountability of the audience. Works by Ami Inoue, Rosalind Nashashibi, Mathias Poledna, Martine Syms, and French artist Mohamed Bourouissa will also be shown on West Hollywood's WeHoTV.

Then, the exhibition at the Schindler House will present new and existing works by Sam GilliamAnthea Hamilton, Lucy McKenzie, Dianna Molzan, and Suki Seokyeong Kang, plus a new durational performance delivered by professional actors and directed by Todd Gray. Each artist inhabits a different room of the Schindler House, which is progressively activated by a performance that employs the publication as script and prop.

Public Program:
8 February: Mohamed Bourouissa in conversation with Negar Azimi at the Schindler House.
22 March: Rosalind Nashashibi in conversation with Mathias Poledna at the Schindler House.
5 April: Anthea Hamilton in conversation with Todd Gray at the Schindler House.
15 April: Marathon screening of In the Name of the Place by Mel Chin and the GALA Committee at the West Hollywood Public Library.


About Mohamed Bourouissa
Mohamed Bourouissa was born in Algeria in 1978, and has been living in Paris since he was 5 years old. Now part of Kamel Mennour gallery, Bourouissa is known for his photographies and videos questioning our take on society's outcasts and small communities.

About Public Fiction
Founded in 2010, Public Fiction is a nomadic Los Angeles-based program, which offers a three months experimental exhibition every year, including talks, performances and various artistic events.

This program is supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States

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