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Exhibition Reception: Neha Choksi Artist Lab

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18th Street Arts Center

1639 18th Street

Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Neha Choksi | Elementary
Exhibition & Artist Lab Residency | Main Gallery
September 29- December 15, 2018
Exhibition Reception
Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 5-8 PM

Neha Choksi is developing a durational work in Los Angeles, where she will be attending elementary school daily as a student. Elementary is part of Choksi’s larger Play!School! project that questions childhood as a limited category and extends childhood’s epistemic processes to foster new understandings about how we organize and address contemporary civil society. Social and cultural experiments have created some understanding of the process of being watched and watching, but Play!School! tweaks it by questioning many of the boundaries, hierarchies, and fantasies around the “civilizing” process of education.

Being socialized anew by her classmates, Choksi hopes to transform the discussion around child/adult hierarchies and self/other intersectionally. The accumulated experience in the classroom during her Elementary project will help shape her (and our) perception of who we are and want to be, how we arrive at our ideas about self/other, childhood/adulthood, naïve/civilized, and more. For 18th Street’s Main Gallery, Choksi will reflect on her experience as a student and invite children from the larger Los Angeles community to co-create sited installations, to contribute drawings and notes, and interact with and participate in live art onsite.

From September 29 through December 15, Choksi will develop and exhibit an installation in the Main Gallery. The reception on December 1 is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

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