LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 committed to curating site-specific public art exhibitions in Los Angeles and beyond. LAND believes that all people deserve the opportunity to experience innovative contemporary art in their everyday existence, to enhance their quality of life and ways of thinking about their community. In turn, artists deserve the opportunity to realize projects in the public realm, unsupported through traditional institutions. LAND brings contemporary art outside of the walls of museums and galleries, into our shared public spaces and unique sites.
LAND will partner with SON.Incubator, a new project space in South Central, programmed by artist and curator Justen Leroy. The SON.Incubator project space is a community-based curatorial platform that began in Touched by an Angel, a barbershop owned by Leroy’s father. Located along Western Avenue, the barbershop has functioned as a multigenerational meeting place where men can get haircuts and share news, resources, and friendship. For the last two years, Leroy has operated SON. out of the barbershop itself, hosting film screenings, conversations, and mutual aid distribution events.
Leroy will partner with LAND to build out SON.Incubator, a companion space adjacent to the barbershop that will house expanded galleries and a dedicated space for public programs. The Incubator will present work that is experimental, invites conversation, and addresses issues of inequity and access that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.