Alta Picks: Activist Installations

Provocative messages in a barren landscape.

felipe baeza’s mural finding home in my own flesh adorns a palm springs wall as part of the desert x biennial
Lance Gerber

Intricate and thought-provoking art isn’t what immediately comes to mind in the vast emptiness of the desert, but there’s plenty of it out there. Scattered throughout the Coachella Valley are a series of large and magnificent site-specific installations organized by Desert X, a biennial nonprofit initiative. A highlight of this year’s lineup included a smoke display by Judy Chicago; still visible in downtown Palm Springs is a staggering mural by Felipe Baeza called Finding Home in My Own Flesh, which pays homage to immigrants and queer people of color.

This article appears in the Fall 2021 issue of Alta Journal.

Nasim Ghasemiyeh is an assistant editor at Alta Journal.
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