Occupying a suite of former military structures in the Presidio overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Home Land Security brought together works by contemporary artists and collectives from around the globe to reflect on the human dimensions and increasing complexity of national security, including the physical and psychological borders we create, protect, and cross in its name.
The exhibition extended FOR-SITE’s focus on provocative art about place, inviting viewers into decommissioned batteries, an administrative building, and a chapel — some open to the public for the first time — that served for decades as key sites in the US Army’s Coastal Defense System. The 18 featured artists represented diverse points of origin — including China, Cuba, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Syria, the United States, and Vietnam — underscoring the universality of themes of home, safety, and defense in an increasingly pervasive climate of fear and distrust. The artworks, which encompassed media ranging from painting and sculpture to video and performance, responded to both personal and cultural concerns, with the historic sites of Fort Winfield Scott providing a new context for signature pieces and a showcase for site-specific commissions.
Home Land Security built on previous artistic collaborations with the National Park Service, the Presidio Trust, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and commemorated the park service’s centennial.
A PDF of the Home Land Security final report is available here.
- Díaz Lewis34,000 Pillows
- Yashar Azar EmdadianDisintegration
- Al FarrowRevelation I and Mosque III (after National Mosque of Nigeria, Abuja)
- Liza LouBarricade and Conditions of Capture
- Mandana MoghaddamExodus
- Trevor PaglenOperation Onymous (FBI Investigation of the Silk Road) and Code Names of the Surveillance State
- Shahpour PouyanFive works from the Projectiles series
- Michele PredEncirclement
- The Propeller GroupAK-47 vs M16
- Alexia WebsterBulengo Studios, from the Refugee Street Studio Project
- Krzysztof WodiczkoVeterans' Flame
- Yin XiuzhenWeapon
- Intro Video
- Historical Images
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