Cali Walls cuts across age, geographical divisions, and all modish fashions in today's contemporary culture. Firmly based on the realities of life in South Central Los Angeles, the project aims to present South Central's pendulating history in America through art, photography, and film. The following photographic essay gives the viewer a glimpse of an ambitious project that serves as a global introduction to the people and culture of one of Los Angeles most historic districts. Bienvenidos a South Central.
Enietra Margette was passing D & S Market in South L.A. when she noticed an orange Ford Pinto with a white racing stripe on the hood. She remembers the parked car because “it looked like a Hot Wheels car,” she says, pointing to the run-down market on West 91st Street & Normandie Avenue where the car sat that day.
As Enietra Margette claps her hands, smiles broadly & sings raucously with the choir, her teenage son, dressed in a suit and tie, pauses to describe in detail his mother’s lasagna — how she mixes three cheeses with tomato sauce and a little meat. He talks about how busy she keeps him during the afterschool hours, with his packed schedule dutifully arranged “so I won’t be in gangs.”
There seems little chance of that. His tough mom survived a sexual assault and a point-blank shooting by the longest-running, most elusive serial killer ever to operate in Los Angeles, remade her life, and chose not to live in fear.
That bloody night almost 21 years ago is pivotal in helping to solve one of the greatest murder mysteries ever to face Los Angeles police: that of the Grim Sleeper serial killer. Margette, his only known survivor, is Exhibit 1.
CALI WALLS PRODUCER — ARMANDO LERMA (DATE FARMERS ART STUDIOS) & MEDVIN SOBIO (LOS POBRES MEDIA)
CALI WALLS ARTISTS — DATE FARMERS, ALBERT REYES, & MORE TBA.
CURATOR, PHOTOGRAPHY, & CALI WALLS FILM — MEDVIN SOBIO (LOS POBRES MEDIA)
SPRAY PAINT SPONSOR — 33THIRD.COM