Yoshua Okón: Oracle


September 12 - November 4, 2017

Opening Reception:
September 16, 2017, 6 to 9 pm

Torrance Art Museum is pleased to host the Los Angeles premiere of Yoshua Okón's Oracle, exhibited in conjunction with the Getty Pacific Standard Time LA/LA initiative. Oracle , 2015, is a three-channel video installation.

In 2014, Oracle, Arizona, staged the largest-yet protest against the entrance of unaccompanied children from Central America into the U.S.

Yoshua Okón spoke to the leaders who orchestrated the protest, a militia called the Arizona Border Protectors. They agreed to create staged scenes based on their extreme nationalist ideology as well as to create a live reenactment of the protest. Oracle also includes a video of a chorus where 9 of the immigrant children sing a modified version of the US Marine's Hymn. The original hymn glorifies US invasions around the world. For the new version, the children narrate the US invasion to Guatemala placing special emphasis in the complicity of the government with transnational corporations. Oracle questions the adequacy and the relevance of nationalism in this transnational age.


Press contact:
Benjamin Tippin
Assistant Curator
Torrance Art Museum