“Community art is code for bad art”, declares John Malpede, the founder of the near 30-year-old performance group Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD). Constituted primarily from homeless and formerly homeless Skid Row inhabitants, this downtown LA group – currently 25 persons strong – takes the politics of ‘bad art’ seriously. Forever chasing cheap real estate, the art community in LA has long hovered at the edges of Skid Row. LAPD, however, belongs to the membership of Skid Row’s socially vulnerable…
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