During this brief pause, here is another international project to check out

While much of Deadpan Exchange more or less invented itself as it went along, there is another project that will launch this summer that has been in the works for the past year. This project is called Galleon Trade, and it is being organized by the amazing artist (and good friend) Jenifer Wofford. This project is working to create a grass roots, sustainable, cross pollination of artists in San Francisco, the Philippines and Mexico. There is an incredible group of artists and writers involved in the project. And I’m crossing my fingers that the Galleon Trade SF show might happen at around the same time as the Deadpan Exchange SF show. Here’s a bit of info about the project, but be sure to check out the website.
Galleon Trade is a series of international arts exchange projects, focusing on the Philippines, Mexico, and California. Taking the historic Acapulco-Manila galleon route as its metaphor of origin, these exhibitions seek to create new routes of cultural exchange along old routes of commerce and trade.

Galleon Trade should not be seen as a single exhibition: it is entirely about reciprocity and gathering momentum, to create a road map that will make future arts alliances and exchanges like this much easier. Starting in Manila, but continuing to California, Mexico and beyond, Galleon Trade will facilitate further discussions between artists, curators, gallerists and scholars from all 3 places to explore strategies for sustainable exchange.

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