This installation was an invitation to work back in my hometown of Dallas on the exterior wall of the Dallas Contemporary.  The installation drew upon protests to rename Industrial blvd to Cesar Chavez Ave and the history of economic class division in this particular area of Dallas.  City maps from the 1950's segregated African and Mexican Americas with blue and red color zones respectively, which developed into communities of oral history now having to fight for cultural recognition,  My reinterpretation of the zoning map symbolically liberates the color zones over layers of residue with an awareness to the temporary nature of the installation itself. 
Disperse & Conquer

An arrangement of drywall panels throughout the gallery space, cut to correspond with a ditty inspired by jazz and daily life on 1st and Central Avenue in an era known as Bronzeville (1943-1945):

Bah dee dah
Baby what's new
Bah dee dah 
Got to make do
Bah dee dah
Can't stay blue

My focus was the spatial vacancy left in Little Tokyo in 1942 amidst the Japanese Americans internment by the US government.  The void left behind was adopted by African Americans making way from the deep south to fill a war industry labor shortage in the then segregated city of Los Angeles.  My research into the re-purposed neighborhood, known as Bronzeville, revealed overlapping experiences of degradation and resilience experienced by both ethnic communities. 
Notes on Bronzeville
"The aliens are coming" unified the multilayered document of a the creation of belonging; newcomers use their voice and are living their truth.  Folk songs and symbols were buffed while surface layers exposed drawings of cities in flux and hand-painted signs of mixed languages.   Sifting through the layers of myth and custom reveal accumulated tension and reality. 
I grew up in a small town and strictly saw people like me and my family: brown-skinned, bilingual, and dreaming of a better future.  The wall installation critiques the approach of graffiti to tell one's truth, and additionally exposing neighborhood restrictions and conflict with my idea of home. 
Neighborhood Dreamin'