Portraits of political and domestic violence survivors.

People walk through the breezeway between MCASD and the Santa Fe Depot. Three large portraits address the theme of political and domestic violence.
People walk through the breezeway between MCASD and the Santa Fe Depot. Three large portraits address the theme of political and domestic violence.

Unusual, thought-provoking works of art are currently on public display in the outdoor breezeway between the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Santa Fe Depot. I happened to see them the other day while walking through downtown to catch the trolley.

Close family members who have survived domestic and political violence appear in three large photographic portraits. The photos have been boldly augmented with paint to highlight human resilience and courage. According to a nearby description, these works are part of the FOCUS Binational Exhibition and were created by MCASD’s Teen Advisory Group. The artwork reflects an exploration of strategies for coping with violence and trauma.

This thought-provoking work of art suggests an older gentleman has a complex, deeply personal story to be told.
This thought-provoking work of art suggests an older gentleman has a complex, deeply personal story to be told.
A proud portrait augmented with laurels suggests one woman's story ends in triumph.
A proud portrait augmented with laurels suggests one woman’s story ends in triumph.
An arresting work of art glimpsed in downtown San Diego near the Santa Fe Depot. A strong woman rises from the turbulent ocean. Part of MCASD's FOCUS Binational Exhibition.
An arresting work of art glimpsed in downtown San Diego near the Santa Fe Depot. A strong woman rises from the turbulent ocean. Part of MCASD’s FOCUS Binational Exhibition.

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7 thoughts on “Portraits of political and domestic violence survivors.”

  1. This comes at just the right time as I’ll be in your city in two weeks to meet up with a friend who is going to comic-con. I plan on sightseeing with my camera while he is occupied during the day. I’ll go see this exhibit and go through your posts to find other items of interest. Thanks. feel free to let me know if there are things I should make a point to see.

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    1. If you like IDW Publishing’s comics, they have a museum (called the San Diego Comic Art Gallery) at Liberty Station in Point Loma. I haven’t been there for a while, so I’m not sure what they have showing right now. As for more general sights, Balboa Park is San Diego’s crown jewel, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park contains loads of history, Cabrillo National Monument has amazing views and exhibits, including bunkers used to defend San Diego during WWII, the Embarcadero has the USS Midway Museum and the Maritime Museum of San Diego–and both are really fun to check out… There’s so much, really, I couldn’t begin to list everything! Hope you enjoy your visit and Comic-Con! I’ve lived downtown for a long time, so if you have any specific questions, I can try to answer!

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      1. Thanks, Richard, I’ll look through your previous posts to get an idea. I’ve been to Balboa Park and it is beautiful. I might want to revisit. But I won’t be going to comic-con. I hate crowds. I’m just meeting up with my friend the day before and probably for dinner opening day. Then I’ll head back home. So I only have one day really in your city. I know, not enough time. I might be able to stretch it to 2 days there, I’m not sure. Thanks for these great tips!

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      2. Some other places occurred to me. The Hotel del Coronado is pretty spectacular, and it’s on one of America’s top-voted beaches; if you like natural beauty, La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Reserve are hard to beat!

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      3. I actually got to stay at the hotel a few years back. What an experience. I’ve heard of the La Jolla Cove and would like to see that. Maybe I’ll spend a couple of hours at the beach during the day. Maybe even at night. But I know I can’t stay around San Diego. All the hotels/motels are sky high that week. And not many vacancies. But I have a car so it should be no problem finding something in a neighboring town. Thanks for your suggestions!

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