The MexiCali Biennial is proud to announce new programming beginning in 2022. Please check back for more information. Open call for artwork/projects to be announced.
“And when that crop grew, and was harvested, no man had crumbled a hot clod in his fingers and let the earth sift past his fingertips. No man had touched the seed, or lusted for the growth. Men ate what they had not raised, had no connection with the bread. The land bore under iron, and under iron gradually died; for it was not loved or hated, it had no prayers or curses.”
― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
The Land of Milk and Honey is a multidisciplinary art 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. Of particular interest are the Bracero Program, reflections on an immigrant labor force, the history of agriculture in the shaping of the areas and the future of agriculture. 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.