Installation as a Nativity Scene

client NOW Art for the First United Methodist Church of Los Angeles, CA

NOW Art is an association based in the city of Los Angeles, California, of women who work in favor of bringing art to the streets and making it accessible to all, based on the premise of the cliché that in Los Angeles nobody consumes art.

They are also committed to promote everything that speaks for minorities, from art by / about immigrants to underprivileged communities.

For a few years they have been working with the First United Methodist Church of Los Angeles, a congregation that has a woman pastor and usually meets in a corner of the city, as a pop-up. Every December they set up, in that corner, an art installation as a nativity scene that alludes to a different theme.

When that topic was Jesus was a refugee, they contacted us to work on the elaboration of the nativity scene–installation with a Mexican illustrator. We immediately thought of María Conejo: her work fulfilled everything we needed.

This is how we began to work on the proposals to quickly reach the final result, a manger that was also an art installation on a parking lot (it was at 1020 Flower St.), walkable and with a strong and forceful message of what it means to be a refugee on this time.