The City of West Hollywood Announces Upcoming Moving Image Media Art (MIMA) Program Exhibit and Launch of 59, a film by artist Leslie Foster. 59 will air at the top of each hour on the digital billboard at 8743 Sunset Boulevard (Invisible Frame) on the Sunset Strip from Saturday, October 1, 2022 through Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
MIMA is an ongoing exhibition series of moving image multimedia artwork on multiple digital billboards at various locations along Sunset Boulevard. The goals of the MIMA program are to foster cultural equity, expand accessibility, inspire communication, create public space, and enhance the human experience of the Sunset Strip. Among the most resonant and applicable themes, MIMA seeks to portray the concept of invisibility in relation to communities rendered invisible by inequity.
H. Leslie Foster II is an experimental filmmaker whose work shines a light on people who have been historically silenced. 59 is made up of 11 films, which were shot in 11 months in May 2017, with 11 different collaborators. 59 represents the completion of a year-long art residency with the non-profit art collective Level Ground, where he is now Art Residency Director. The work recognizes struggle as a universally shared experience, which provocatively describes our differences and our similarities at the same time.
Foster is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work explores black and queer futurism through a lens of dreamlike logic. Her love for storytelling is inspired by a childhood spent in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Berrien Springs, Michigan. Since 2006, he has shot movies and music videos in Serbia, gone undercover in Jamaica to shoot a documentary on violent homophobia, attended Burning Man 8 times, and has been exhibited around the world. He is also a founding member of the Museum Adjacent collective, which was formed by members of the Torrance Art Museum FORUM’s 2019 residency cohort.
The Moving Image Media Art (MIMA) program is a series of City of West Hollywood exhibitions administered by the city’s arts division, as part of its Art on the Outside program, and is presented as part of the Sunset Arts and Advertising. MIMA offers artists the opportunity and funding to create immediate, remarkable and ambitious works of art that engage with the unique visual landscape of the famous Sunset Strip and experience the cutting-edge technology of high-end digital signage. definition.
MIMA allows artists to occupy, challenge and play with the boundaries and uses of public space and manifest moments of connection and admiration. Leslie Foster has been selected for exhibition on MIMA’s prequalified list, an open and ongoing call for artists, curators and arts organizations in moving image media, with nominations reviewed twice a year by the Commission of arts and cultural affairs in the city of West Hollywood, in November and May. The MIMA pre-qualified roster includes a diverse roster of artists at all career levels; from emerging to internationally recognized. https://www.weho.org/community/arts-and-culture/visual-arts/mima
The City of West Hollywood Arts Division offers a wide range of arts programs including Art on the Outside (temporary public art), Arts Grants, City Poet Laureate, Free Theater in the Parks, Human Rights Speaker Series, Library Exhibits, WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, Summer Sounds + Winter Sounds, Urban Art (permanent public art) and WeHo Reads. For more information on the City of West Hollywood’s arts programming, please visit www.weho.org/arts.
For more information about MIMA, please contact Rebecca Ehemann, City of West Hollywood Arts Officer, at (323) 848-6846 or [email protected] For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.
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