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Slanguage is a multi-disciplinary artist collective headquartered at Slanguage Studio, a storefront space in Wilmington, California, a harbor area of Los Angeles. Established in 2002 and originally intended to be a studio for founding artists Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra Jr., Slanguage Studio became a public space in response to a need for art by the community. Slanguage Studio members are a diverse group at different points in their careers; they include teenagers, street artists, and established mid- to late- career artists, the majority of which live and work in the greater Los Angeles area and especially in the immediate Wilmington community.
Slanguage bases their practice on a three-pronged approach to art-making to include education, community-building and interactive exhibitions. The collective has organized numerous artist residencies in museums across the United States and abroad. Fostering dialog about the meaning and value of contemporary art, Slanguage has used their studio space and resources to cultivate relationships between artists, students, communities, and organizations. Creating artworks that have ranged from multimedia installations to performances, public events, and workshops, the collective has enriched, inspired, and provoked viewers’ imaginations through local, national, and international exhibitions.