Closing Event | EXHIBITION Encuentros: Honoring our Ancestors

encuentros-honoring-our-ancestors © Kiara Aileen Machado

Fri, 10/28/2022

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Goethe-Institut LA Project Space

Presented within the context of ENCUENTROS: ENCOUNTERS

Please Join us on Friday, October 28th, 2022 @ 5:00 PM for the closing event for the exhibition ENCUENTROS: ENCOUNTERS. 

Admission is free with RSVP via EVENTBRITE
All ages are welcome. Masks required. 
Light refreshments provided.

The evening will include the following performances:
Marimba presentation by Juan Francisco, Garifuna tambores by the Garifuna Heritage Foundation, MesoAmerican Ball Game presentation by Ulama litzli, Live DJ set by Linafornia, and
Musical performance by Mayaztek (cumbia/reggae).

Serving the Pico-Union, Westlake, and Koreatown communities, Homies Unidos presents trauma-informed and culturally competent art, education, and leadership development activities tied to social justice advocacy programs. For their project, the Goethe-Institut Project space serves as a venue for "Encuentros-Encounters," offering an intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue around pressing social issues. 

At the heart of the ENCUENTROS exhibition is the series LLAMAME POR MI NOMBRE, curated by local contemporary artist Kiara Aileen Machado, and includes her own works, as well as the works created by the participants from Homies Unidos' youth programs. The exhibition focuses on the layered complexities of identity that are shaped by our geographical surroundings and cultivated through community. Machado states “Despite all the atrocities we continue to endure, I want to express the beauty of our culture, highlighting the continuing resilience and the will to survive. Public events will include artist talks, film screenings, musical performances, and educational workshops focusing on intracommunal solidarity and arts production.

Free Parking is available at Metro/Retail parking structure located at
676 S. Westlake Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90057 

Public transport is possible with the red line to MacArthur Park/Westlake stop. Using carpool or ride-share options are appreciated.

Kiara Aileen Machado is a contemporary artist born in Lynwood who depicts and explores the structures and liberation of identity, femininity, and culture in her work. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in painting and drawing from California State University Long Beach. Her artwork has been seen in museums across the United States, including the South Gate Museum (California), Buckham Gallery (Michigan), Dupont Underground (Washington DC), John & Geraldine Lilley Museum (Nevada), Stamp Gallery (Maryland), Frederic Jameson Gallery (North Carolina), and recently at Band of Vices (California) as part of the 'In the Paint' art initiative headed by the Los Angeles Lakers to identify and support contemporary LA-based artists. She has recently exhibited work internationally in Frankfurt, Berlin, and Paris.

The exhibition can be viewed during events and at the following times:

During Office Hours: Sept 23rd, 2022 - November 17th, 2022
                                    Mondays–Thursdays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
                                    Fridays: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm 

ENCUENTROS is part of the Neighborhood Interpretive Center, a hyperlocal initiative of cultural programs that focus on and uplift the MacArthur Park/Westlake neighborhood and surrounding areas.