“Please call them. The telephone number 956-701-0149 is written in the sky above the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Laredo Juarez-Lincoln Port of Entry. Those who call will listen to letters written by those incarcerated at U.S. detention centers and letters that were written to people inside those centers. These recordings were made during the Tea & Letter Writing initiative launched by artist/organizer traci kato-kiriyama during their 3-month +LAB Residency in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, in collaboration with Umi Hsu and Cognate Collective. This contribution to #XMAP: In Plain Sight is organized by Los Angeles artist Devon Tsuno whose recent work at MOCA and Residency Art gallery in Los Angeles is centered around the stories of Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII at the Topaz and Rohwer concentration camps. He is a professor at California State University Dominguez Hills and the founding director of the PRAXIS art engagement program.”
Devon Tsuno is Los Angeles-native. His recent abstract paintings, socially practice projects, artist books and print installations focus on the LA watershed, water use, and native vs. non-native vegetation. Since 2003, Devon has worked as the founder/ director of Concrete Walls, an artist run curatorial project that focuses on building community by facilitating collaborations, educational projects, and group exhibitions throughout Southern California. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
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