William Camargo: Origins & Displacements, Vols. 1 & 2

Artist stands on sidewalk in front of a material covered chain link fence holding a sign in front of his body that read "THIS AREA WILL GENTRIFY SOON"

William Camargo: Origins & Displacements, Vols. 1 & 2

October 3 – December 31, 2020

LOCATIONS: This two-part exhibition, organized by the CSUF Begovich Gallery, is on view from the storefront windows at CSUF Grand Central Art Center (GCAC) in Santa Ana & MUZEO Museum & Cultural Center in Anaheim.

NOTE: William Camargo’s exhibition is a storefront installation that can be viewed anytime from GCAC’s 2nd Street promenade. The Begovich Gallery and CSUF campus is closed to the public and is following COVID University, state, and city health and safety protocols.

Origins and Displacements, Vols. 1 & 2 is an on-going body of work examining Orange County’s history through contemporary photographs, videos, and performance produced by artist William Camargo. This two-part exhibition features Camargo’s artistic investigation that challenges the social depiction and erasure of Chicanx/Latinx people in historical documents, photographs, and news archives while recounting issues related to gentrification, systematic racism, and police brutality.

Essay accompanying the exhibition written by Joseph Daniel Valencia, Independent Curator, Exhibitions and Programs Manager, Vincent Price Museum (VPAM).

William Camargo: Origins & Displacements, Vols. 1 & 2  is organized by CSUF Begovich Gallery and it is presented in partnership with CSUF Grand Central Art Center and MUZEO Museum & Cultural Center. Support for the exhibition and its programming is made possible through the Art Alliance, Associated Students, Inc. Instructional Related Activities, the College of the Arts, and Department of Visual Arts.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

William Camargo is a photo-based artist, educator and arts advocate. He received his MFA at Claremont Graduate University and his BFA at the California State University, Fullerton. His work has been featured in exhibitions at venues such as Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, IL), Loisaida Center (New York, NY), University of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN), Mexican Cultural Center and Cinematic Arts (Los Angeles, CA), and The Ethelber Cooper Gallery of African and African American Arts at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). His work has been published in The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, The New York Times, OC Weekly, TIME, and others. He was awarded residencies at the Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE), the Chicago Artist Coalition, the Project Art, and at Otis School of Art and Design’s LA Summer. He is the recipient of the 2020 Lenscratch Student Prize, and the Leo Freedman Foundation Grant. He is currently serving as Commissioner of Heritage and Culture for the City of Anaheim. He is the founder/curator of Latinx Diaspora Archives. He works and lives in Anaheim, CA.

William Camargo: Origins & Displacements, Vols. 1 & 2  is organized by CSUF Begovich Gallery and it is presented in partnership with CSUF Grand Central Art Center and MUZEO Museum & Cultural Center. Support for the exhibition and its programming is made possible through the Art Alliance, Associated Students, Inc. Instructional Related Activities, the College of the Arts, and Department of Visual Arts.

Artist’s website: www.williamcamargo.com

Instagram: @billythecamera

CSUF Nicholas & Lee Begovich Gallery | http://arts.fullerton.edu/begovichgallery

CSUF Grand Central Art Center | grandcentralartcenter.com

125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701

MUZEO Museum & Cultural Center | muzeo.org

241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805

RELATED PROGRAMMING

William Camargo: Artist Lecture (in partnership with Creative Photography)

Tuesday, October 13, 1:00-3:00 PM

Virtual webinar: https://fullerton.zoom.us/j/97263133777

William Camargo: Performance at GCAC

Saturday, November 7, 4:00-4:30 PM

Live and accessible virtually. Virtual link forthcoming- Check Begovich website or follow @begovichgallery on IG for updates

In Conversation: William Camargo (and guest TBA)

Saturday, December 5, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Open to the Public – Virtual webinar: https://fullerton.zoom.us/j/96139398142

Image: William Camargo, “We Gunna Have To Move Out Soon Fam,” 2020, Digital inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist.