Playas is an installation consisting of a metal chain that hangs and divides the space. Closer to the ground, the chain comes into contact with natural elements, including ocean water, sand and greens from the place where is being exhibited and Tijuana, Mexico where the piece originated.
PLAYAS, C.A.C.T.T.U.S, LONG BEACH CA 2017
When one experiences the Pacific Ocean waves moving through the US-Mexico border fence—dividing what seems like two opposing sides—there is no fear of permanent indifference or separation. Through this installation, Isabella Cruz-Chong deconstructs, recreates and modifies this encounter to emphasize the timelessness of change and the natural quality of interconnection. The installation consists of a brute metal chain that hangs and divides the space, carrying with it man’s compulsion to control. Closer to the ground, the chain comes into contact with natural elements, including ocean water, sand and greens from Long Beach, CA (where the piece will be exhibited) and Tijuana, Mexico (where the piece originated). At the point of physical touch between the gathered elements, the chain deteriorates, the greens grow or die, and the water embraces them all. The piece itself continuously transforms to not only address the US-Mexico border fence but also other divisions and the fears that create them. For Cruz-Chong, both Mexican and American, the process of this work disintegrates her once divided identity to create a community altar for hope and positive change.
LAS LUNAS LOCAS POETRY READING WITH PLAYAS at C.a.c.t.t.u.s
july 29, 2017
"To honor Isabella Cruz-Chong and her vision to eradicate divides, Las Lunas Locas, a community of self-identified women, will share their powerful words centered around such topics as borders and the interconnectivity of our lived experiences" - Las Lunas Locas
Photos by Pete J Romo