3B is a collective of artists and designers that along with producing individual works, create site-specific installations, public artworks, and murals. All of the collective members come from immigrant and indigenous families and are committed to providing a platform for inclusive works which encourage pride and recognition of the different facets in our communities. The collective’s work addresses social inequities by creating public works that would not be possible as individuals, sharing resources, and providing peer support.
The murals of East and South Los Angeles like those of every Chicano community have traditionally served as cultural markers, documenting stories and often serving as coded pneumonic devices for the communities in which they exist. They are a visual representation of generational traditions and rituals. Their first exposure to art was the murals and placasos in our barrios. In their public works, the group honors the educational aspects and the tradition of storytelling that murals have. The collective strives to create conversations around the stories of decolonization and the daily life of our communities through publicly accessible works.
3B Collective produces their own work and collaborates with other artists, institutions, and galleries on large-scale, site-specific installations and murals. Five of the six members met during their undergraduate studies at UCLA. All of the members hail from multiple areas of Los Angeles and are committed to providing a platform for inclusive works that encourage pride and recognition of the different facets of their communities. All their works start with the indigenous history of the space and follow the timeline to the present, paying homage to the ancestral lands that we stand on. 3B Collective strives to provide a visual representation of resilience and inclusivity found within the local community. Their focus on understanding the context of each project allows them to use the knowledge gained about the place, its residents, and its history to inform our creative process. As children of first-generation immigrant parents, they appreciated the storytelling and educational aspects that murals in our communities provided. In reaction to the erasure and destruction of these murals, they came together to create permanent artworks that can continue to honor a community’s history and help educate those unfamiliar with these histories. These projects work to create a sense of belonging along with promoting the role that public works play in placemaking for those in the communities in which they are installed.