A massive, wall-sized grid of square etchings on "canvases" made of compacted dirt

Jackie Amézquita

Made in L.A. 2023: Jackie Amézquita

The history of Los Angeles is one of diasporic communities and migration. More than one-third of the city’s population is composed of Angelenos who have come here from all corners of the world, though especially from Mexico and Central America. Jackie Amézquita’s practice is a testimony to these histories in that she has herself lived through the impact of displacement and migration. Her primary materials are soil, corn masa (dough), limestone, salt, and copper, and she uses them to create sculptures that reflect on memory, collectivity, and transformation.


Jackie Amézquita (b. 1985, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala) holds an AA in Visual Communications from LAVC, a BFA from ArtCenter College of Design, and a MFA from UCLA. Amézquita has exhibited with The Hammer Museum, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) CA, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) CA, 18th St Art Center CA, The Armory Center of the Arts CA, Vincent Price Art Museum CA, The Annenberg Space for Photography CA, Human Resources Los Angeles CA, MAD (Museum of Art and Design) NY, amongst others. She is the recipient of the Mohn Land Award (2023), Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts Los Angeles Art Fund (2022), and National Performance Network Fund (2022). Amézquita has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, hyperallergic, Walker Art Center magazine, and many other publications.