Wonderland: A world turned upside down on SFMOMA’s Open Space

Wonderland ReleaseWonderland, a public, collaborative project by Lance Fung is set to open in October 2009 in the Tenderloin of San Francisco and includes an impressive number of artists whose projects will respond, in some way, to the neighborhood. This article expresses my concern about this project and is best summarized through the following question borrowed from Izida Zorde:  what responsibilities do artists working in relation to communities have to engage not just with their surface but also with their underlying politics and realities? “Wonderland: A world turned upside down” asks that we consider the broader impacts of our artistic practices in geographical locations we have little connection to and questions the curator’s intention of reconceiving the Tenderloin, the poorest neighborhood in San Francisco, as a tourist destination. Full article published on Open Space.

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