Verge Center for the Arts is pleased to present Terra Nullius, an exhibition by the Los Angeles based artist and Verge resident, Lisa Oxley.
Terra Nullius is translated as "Nobody's Thing" or "Nobody's Land"; land uninhabited or belonging to no one. In international law it is used to designate a territory that has never been subject to the sovereignty of any state: international airspace, oceans beyond the continental shelf, outer space and the planets of the solar system are designated as terra nullius. Often a swath of land between two contested territories, it points to borders, walls, and issues of citizenry.
In this exhibition, Oxley navigates these questions and the in-between space that the title implies through painting, installation, architecture, and dialogue, activating the space that Verge provides as a cultural institution within the expanded site of the State Capitol in Sacramento, and beyond it, in the US.
For the opening weekend, Oxley has invited Linda Pollack, founder of the social practice project "My Daily Constitution" to develop several public conversations addressing issues of immigration and DACA, through the prism of the US Constitution.
December 9, 3:30 pm: Artist Walkthrough
December 9, 4:00- 6:00pm: "My Daily Constitution" will host a public dialogue, Constitution Happy Hour: What are the Rights of Immigrants Under the Constitution? with U C Davis Law Professor, Jack Chin
December 9, 6:00-9:00: Opening Reception
December 10, 11:00am- 1:00pm: Constitution Cafe: Humanizing Deportation- Stories from the Ground with Robert Irwin, Principal Investigator, Humanizing Deportation
December 10, 1:00pm: Artist Walkthrough