Mi casa es tu casa

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

January 30 – April 30, 2010

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The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Mexico City-based artist Moris (a.k.a. Israel Meza Moreno) presented a series of conceptually linked vinyl texts and digital prints, collected under the title Mi casa es tu casa (2010), at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)’s Little Tokyo venue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. An enlarged copy of the artist’s recent visa denial letter was installed on the museum’s façade, select phrases of text were attached to the canopy support beams, and the building’s entryway was covered with a series of initially hidden images arranged in a grid on the floor, collecting dirt as spectators entered the museum, revealing a group portrait. With this project, Moris evokes individual histories as subject to lived experiences of “invisibility” or “disappearance,” literally and conceptually. Its position at the immediate exterior and entrance of Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years, the largest-ever installation of the museum’s renowned permanent collection, enhances Moris’ exploration, further contextualizing the notion of inclusion and exclusion.

This project made possible with the generous support of Nancy and Howard Marks.