Community Partner, Human Resources Los Angeles (HRLA)

HRLA is a nonprofit arts organization, which was founded in 2010 to broaden engagement with contemporary and conceptual art, emphasizing performative and underexposed modes of expression. Comprised of multidisciplinary, non-traditional arts practitioners, HRLA affords Interrogating the Archive the opportunity to work with artists and organizers whose practices challenge institutional research conventions such as Western ideology, textual, and visual primacy. The organization fosters widespread public appreciation by encouraging maximum community access through diverse programming and local community partnerships, including the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA) and At Land’s Edge, an autonomous pedagogical platform. Its ongoing programming includes Decolonizing the White Box, a series of community-oriented artistic presentations and forums exploring how cultural practitioners engage the region’s colonial histories. Extending our research into the community is integral to Interrogating the Archive’s core mission of strengthening diversity and inclusion in qualitative modes of knowledge production.