South-Central-Los-Angeles

More inside looks before the official launch of Heavy II this weekend in Sydney.

“In 1992, I traveled to South Central Los Angeles on assignment from Vrij Nederland, a Dutch weekly magazine, for a story on the destruction and rebuilding of the area after the Rodney King riots that broke out after the LAPD officers involved in his beating were acquitted. Being physically present in South Central following the riots touched me deeply. Driving around desolate streets that resembled a war zone, smelling the air, meeting people, coming into contact with the human toll of pervasive racial injustice—all of this had a significant impact on me. The reality of any explosive situation is at once more and less dramatic, and always more nuanced and complex than what the mainstream media can convey, so being there in South Central enabled me to be confronted with people’s individual and collective experience of a long and ongoing history of violent events.”

— Dana Lixenberg. (Imperial Courts)

Heavy II launches this Saturday, 10th of December, 6pm – 9pm
at the ACP Pop-Up Gallery, 118 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010.

For more information visit our events page here

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South Central Farm, also known as the South Central Community Garden, was an urban farm and community garden located at East 41st and South Alameda Streets,[1] in an industrial area of South Los AngelesCalifornia (known as South Central Los Angeles) which was in operation between 1994 and 2006. At 14 acres (5.7 ha), it was considered one of the largest urban farms in the United States. The farm was sold in 2004, and the farmers were evicted in 2006. On July 5, 2006, workers began bulldozing the farm a midst protest and acts of civil disobedience. The farmers are disputing the validity of the sale in court and have also staged vigils in protest. The farm is the subject of the 2008 Academy Award-nominated documentary film, The Garden.[2] It was also the subject of the PBS documentary, with an AFI Film Festival Premiere, in the Natural Heroes Series, South Central Farm, Oasis in a Concrete Desert..[3] This documentary has the only first hand commentary from the developer. As of April 2013 the land remains an empty lot.