THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU
A temporary art and activism space in Axis Gallery
November 2nd-25th

Curated by: Aida Lizalde

Exhibiting Artist: Andres Alvarez, Karlos Rene Ayala, Garrett Daniells, Rob Fatal, The California Allegory, and Humanizing Deportation

DATES: Opening/Closing: November 2nd to November 25th
Hours: Friday through Sunday, noon – 5 pm & by appointment.
2nd Saturday Reception: November 10th, 6 pm to 9 pm



Axis Gallery is proud to present THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU, curated by Aida Lizalde. In this exhibition, Aida will transform Axis Gallery into a platform for meetings, information, and activism throughout the month of November. This exhibition is an active response to the national holiday of Thanksgiving as a celebration of abundance with a long and violent history of colonialism, and an attempt to give visibility to social crisis that are directly affecting diverse communities of the Sacramento region. The space will include a small movie theater, a meeting space, and an interactive installation where the public can donate survival goods, alongside photography, posters, and other works that support the widespread of information regarding indigenous and immigrant rights, advocacy for the homeless population, and environmental rights, etc.

The exhibition will include works by artists and activists Andres Alvarez, Karlos Rene Ayala, and Garrett Daniells, Rob Fatal, and the organizations Humanizing Deportation, and the California Allegory.
Any sales or donations will be directly benefiting Sacramento Safe Space for Unhomed Youth, RAICES, and The California Allegory.

Andres Alvarez is a Sacramento based photographer whose work documents life and culture in Sacramento including the artists’ community, Latinx and Chicanx culture, urban growth, and sociopolitical activism with a keen eye for micro-narratives and subtle human interactions. His work has been exhibited at the Latino Center for Art and Culture.

Karlos Rene Ayala is an American multidisciplinary artist working out of Sacramento, CA. He has written three books of poetry; made six documentaries; and is an active street photographer and photojournalist. His work focuses on various aspects of American life.

Garrett Compton Daniells is an American Artist and Community Organizer from Stockton, CA. His work is a direct representation of his working class identity which can be seen in his fabrication/installation, photographic work, and the desire to keep music shows DIY and accessible to all identities. His work has been exhibited at the Goodwin Gallery, Reynolds Gallery and the Jeannette Powell Art Center of Pacific University. Garrett is also a recipient of the Comet Award from the Stockton Arts Commission.

Rob Fatal is a video, photo and performance artist concerned with the Queer archive and exploring decolonial aesthetics. Fatal has been awarded grants by the Berkeley Film Foundation, Queer Cultural Center and SOMArts Cultural Center. Their work has been screened internationally at the British Film Institute Flare Festival, Fringe! Queer Film & Art Festival in London, Frameline SF LGBTQ Film Festival, Galeria de la Raza San Francisco, Toronto Queer Film Festival, Geneva LGBT Film Festival and First Nations Film Festival in Chicago. As a Native American, Latinx and queer artist, Fatal finds community and culture to be their greatest artistic inspiration. To create with the collective minds of unique individuals is a practice that brings to them a great spiritual catharsis; a feeling of joy and power tied to the realization of what people working together can accomplish when in harmony: a home, a shared reality, justice, and healing.

The California Allegory
As a multimedia project meant to materialize “story taking place,” the Callegory is a west coast wing of the Beehive Design Collective. They cross-pollinate intersectional justice efforts in California to inspire power beyond the state (the region and institution).

Humanizing Deportation
Humanizing deportation is a project that employs digital storytelling, a digital genre that puts control of content and production in the hands of community storytellers (deportees and others affected by deportation and deportability), to produce a public archive that will give a human face to the deportation crisis.

About the Curator
Aida Lizalde was born in Mexico and immigrated to California in 2005 where she was an undocumented childhood arrival for almost a decade. She received her Bachelors in Arts in Studio Arts and a minor in Art History from the University of California, Davis. Her professional experience includes working at both commercial galleries, and non-profit art institutions including Axis Gallery, Alex Bult Gallery, Verge Center for the Arts, and the Manetti Shrem Museum. Her writing and curatorial experience is based on the online platform of Placeholder Magazine where she has published over a dozen artist features and interviews supporting local and regional artists in the Delta region of California. She has been a recipient of the Young Space Grant, the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, the Hopkins Endowment for Studio Art Students, the Crocker Kingsley Art Award, and the Herb Alpert Scholarship for Emerging Young Artists, among others.
Programming: TBA

Axis Gallery is an artist run space that has been in operation for over 25 years, with a national reputation for bringing challenging contemporary exhibitions to Sacramento. The gallery is dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in the selection and presentation of works of art.

The gallery is open noon -5pm Friday through Sunday and by appointment. For appointments, or more information about this exhibition or others, call (916) 905-6054 or e-mail Axis Gallery at: media@axisgallery.org  
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