2022 MexiCali Biennial

Land of Milk & Honey


The Land of Milk and Honey is a traveling multidisciplinary arts and culture program focused on the ideological concept of Agriculture in the regions of California and Mexico. This program seeks to navigate discourse around concepts of labor, food (in)security, environmental issues, farming practices, and food justice in the areas’ shared narrative. Taking inspiration from John Steinbeck’s portrayal of the region as a corrupted Eden, through esteemed works such as The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden, The Land of Milk and Honey questions ethical, cultural and regional practices related to foodways, and the venture from seed to table. Steinbeck’s travels around Baja, California and his seminal works such as Viva Zapata!, the Pearl, and the Log From the Sea of Cortez, as well as his insight into migrant workers in and around his hometown of Salinas, will serve as anchors for a series of exhibitions, by pinpointing physical and conceptual locations for programs and exhibitions.

The MexiCali Biennial is a non-profit contemporary visual arts organization that focuses on the area encompassing California and Mexico as a region of aesthetic production.​