In their latest “art about place” project, the FOR-SITE Foundation will be occupying different deactivated military buildings and batteries at Fort Scott inside the Presidio of San Francisco for an international, multi-media exhibition entitled “Home Land Security“. The exhibition explores the increasingly complex ideas of home and safety from the view of 18 different artists within structures specifically created for military defense. The exhibition runs from September 10 – December 18, 2016.
Occupying a suite of former military structures in the Presidio overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Home Land Security brings together works by contemporary artists and collectives from around the globe to reflect on the human dimensions and increasing complexity of national security, including the physical and psychological borders we create, protect, and cross in its name. The exhibition extends FOR-SITE’s focus on provocative art about place, inviting viewers into decommissioned batteries, an administrative building, and a chapel — some open to the public for the first time — that served for decades as key sites in the US Army’s Coastal Defense System. The 18 featured artists represent diverse points of origin — including China, Cuba, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Syria, the United States, and Vietnam — underscoring the universality of themes of home, safety, and defense in an increasingly pervasive climate of fear and distrust