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Our Portal in Los Angeles will be located at The Portal will be hosted by the PRAXIS art program in the Department of Art and Design at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in South Los Angeles. By combining personalized research with “learning by doing” in an academic setting, students interact closely with faculty, the University, and the community. The key interest of the CSUDH Art and Design Department in PRAXIS is to expand community engagement, opening access to the university and building both practical and intellectual bridges to the local community by fostering students’ ability to execute their visions for social change.
Criminal Justice Dialogues
The Portals Project at the CSU Dominguez Hills in Winter 2017 will primarily focus on Criminal Justice Dialogues between Chicago and Mexico City in addition to special conversations and activities to be announced.
Criminal Justice Dialogues are conversations between cities and communities around the U.S. and Mexico about how people feel about policing in their communities as part of a research study conducted by the Justice Collaboratory at Yale University. These mutual one-on-one conversations on both sides ask participants to consider the following question:
There is a great deal in the news about how police interact with people in the communities where they work. How do you feel about police in your community?
Participants are also asked to complete short, confidential survey and to consent to being videotaped as part of this study. Researchers at Yale will utilize the confidential conversations to understand common themes that emerge in them. Video files are kept on a secured server that only these principal investigators have access to and all videos are professionally transcribed. Significant measures are undertaken to protect each participants' confidentiality. The video will never be used in presentations and the transcribed and written version will exist at Yale University to help to contribute to further knowledge and record on the topic.
Read more about the dialogues here.
Maryam Hosseinzadeh has spent her whole life getting to know Los Angeles. She is interested in the layered sites, memories, places and histories of all people in the every day, the micro to macro, the links connecting locations, the built environment, and spaces in-between. In addition to creating her own projects, she also has worked with numerous artists and organizations on community centered public programming including the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs on the LA/Islam Arts Initiative and the pioneering Creative Career Pathways Pilot Program, a paid internship program for transitional-age foster youth. She holds a BA in American Studies from Pitzer College and completed graduate coursework at USC in Historic Preservation with an emphasis on the political, social, and cultural histories of the city.
Time-based and media artist Aparna Bakhle (b. 1973, Bombay, India) received her BFA in Film (Emerson College, Boston, MA). She resides in Los Angeles and investigates the intersection of radical aesthetics, political agency and the construct of publishing as the Fourth Estate. Disrupting gender, time, space and representational norms, her work spans diaristic writing, video, film, sound, sculptural form as well as performance. Using a deliberately collaborative working method driven by her need to experience tribal and familial belonging, she engages media recursively. Her work grapples with displacement within postcolonial subjectivity while staying deeply invested in complicating the ‘subject’ to better perceive the ‘consequences of visibility.’ Her writings seek to de-center linear narrative. She values empathy as an integral framework for the inner revolution that must precede radically shifting the material conditions that perpetuate inequity. A series of aesthetic investigations into self-publishing led to her role as managing editor of fabrik, a contemporary art quarterly in print since 2008. Social justice issues consistently occupy her attention, keeping her engaged in more precisely understanding the material conditions leading to dynamic social change. Activism and community organizing with Divest LA and California For Progress keeps her in perpetual motion.