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Giorgio Angelini—Domestic Affairs: Evaluating Ownership @ YBCA

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Curatorial Research Bureau presents
Giorgio Angelini
Domestic Affairs: Evaluating Ownership
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St. in SF
6:30pm

This event is organized in partnership with CCA Architecture Division.

Giorgio Angelini introduces and screens his documentary Owned, A Tale of Two Americas (2018).

The United States’ postwar housing policy created the world’s largest middle class. It also set America on two divergent paths—one of imagined wealth, propped up by speculation and endless booms and busts, and the other in systematically defunded, segregated communities, where “the American dream” feels hopelessly out of reach.

Owned is a fever dream vision into the dark history behind the US housing economy. Tracking its overtly racist beginnings and its unbridled commoditization, the film exposes a foundational story that few Americans understand as their own.


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Owned, A Tale of Two Americas , 2018 (stills)Owned, A Tale of Two Americas, 2018 (stills)


It was during the tumultuous time of the 2008 real estate collapse that the seeds for Giorgio Angelini’s documentary debut, Owned, began to take shape. Awarded a research grant to photograph the abandoned homes of Inland Empire, California, what Angelini ultimately encountered was an environment far more perverse and disturbing than he had initially anticipated: thousands of square miles, once thriving orange groves were burnt down to make way for a new commodity—air conditioned square footage. With the financial crisis, the charred orange groves sat alongside half-built McMansions. Sparked by this imagery, Owned tells a larger American story.

Film plays a central role in merging disciplines and conveying stories. Informed by creative fields from painting and architecture, to performance and drawing, filmmakers have applied diverse perspectives to inform their cinematic visions. Documentary filmmaking, particularly, captures moments of time, uniquely reflecting our lives and culture back to us, advancing critical areas of agency and discovery. The screening of Angelini’s film and post-screening talk will explore the relationship of architecture, and film, while naturally folding in topics of urban transformation, race, and economics.

Call + Response is an open invitation to Bay Area cultural producers in fields of design, architecture, humanities, civic affairs, urban planning, and more who want to connect with Curatorial Research Bureau to insert their ideas into the public realm for dialogue. The format speaks to a long history of democratic participation, projecting thoughts and ideas in public gatherings where speaking and listening—call and response—are equally valued as essential parts of public discourse.


About CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice is newly relocated to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a dynamic arts institution in downtown San Francisco. The move projects learning beyond the walls of the academy, taking advantage of the rich cultural context of the Bay Area and providing a unique environment for training curators. Graduate seminars are held at YBCA inside the Curatorial Research Bureau, a combined bookshop, academic site, and public program where students intersect with changing book inventories, participate in programs, and meet visiting practitioners from the Bay Area and beyond. CRB is administered by California College of the Arts Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice in partnership with YBCA and Bureau for Open Culture, a curatorial initiative forging intersections among art, design, education, and consumer culture while pushing against the traditional ways in which institutions engage audiences.

About California College of the Arts

Located at the center of innovation and technology in the San Francisco Bay Area, California College of the Arts is home to a world-renowned faculty of practicing artists and entrepreneurs, and a diverse community of makers that are boldly reimagining the world. Offering 22 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs in fine arts, architecture, design, and writing, CCA’s creative culture is built around the ideals of interdisciplinary collaboration, sustainability, and community engagement.

About Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is one of the nation’s most innovative arts institutions. Founded in 1993 as the cultural anchor of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens development, YBCA’s work spans the realms of contemporary art, civic engagement, and public life. By using culture as an instrument for social change, YBCA is reimagining the role an arts institution can play in the community it serves.

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