SF Gate: 'Proximities 3: Import/Export': Asian connection

"Global trade and labor inequities have had a strong sway on politically based contemporary art, and I'd say some of the artists in the show were dealing with that," says Helfand, who also teaches at California College of the Arts and Mills. "I'm really viewing the show as more of an emptying out of an idea. Even though every day, we're wearing a piece of clothing that's made in Asia, it tells us nothing about the place."

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