Dulce Soledad Ibarra: 9th to Olympic


Dulce Soledad Ibarra
MFA Thesis Exhibition

Virtual Artist Talk & Walkthrough
Aug 21, 6:00 pm


Virtual Exhibition on view Aug 18 - 28

Private virtual walk-through with the artist by appointment

Virtual Artist Talk and Walk-through: Aug 21, 6pm
Instagram: @9thToOlympic



Dulce Soledad Ibarra: 9th to Olympic

9th to Olympic is a project focused on the Los Angeles Piñata District, a regional landmark colored with culture, art, community, and Latinx (primarily Mexican) migrant methods of survival. The initial fascination with the district has since developed into a deeper relationship and/or commitment to the laborers there, creating a sustained exchange of conversations and commerce across time. The resiliency of laborers and small business owners is tested daily, and the implications COVID-19 have only maximized the need for adaptable and sustainable praxis. In a time of uncertain change and transition, this project utilizes artistic community engagement as a means to radically organize and collaborate within a fixed capitalistic system that disproportionally affects working-class, migrant folk.

Dulce Soledad Ibarra is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, and curator with investments in community and identity-emphasized arts and opportunity. As a practicing artist, Ibarra discusses issues of generational guilt and cultural identities in videos, installations, and performances, and recently has been inviting the public to partake in the dialogue via workshops and participatory work. Looking through queer Xicanx perspective, the work is fueled by emotional labor, personal research and analysis. Currently, the work is centered around the Piñata/Party Supply District of Downtown Los Angeles, engaging in the means of sustaining as a community of businesses and as a place of cultural familiarities and commodities. Ibarra has exhibited, screened, performed, and programmed at venues across Southern California, including Angels Gate Cultural Center, Charlie James Gallery, Consulado General de México en Los Ángeles, Craft Contemporary, Echo Park Film Center, Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, Human Resources Los Angeles, ONE Gallery, West Hollywood, Ontario Museum of History and Art, and Pieter Performance Space, among others. Ibarra holds an MFA from the University of Southern California and earned a BFA in Sculpture from California State University, Long Beach.


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Instagram: @9thToOlympic
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