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Home Land Security Battery Boutelle, one of five Home Land Security exhibition sites overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge; photo: Nina Dietzel

Occupying a suite of former military structures in the Presidio overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Home Land Security brings together works by 18 contemporary artists and collectives from around the globe to reflect on the human dimensions and increasing complexity of national security, including the physical and psychological borders we create, protect, and cross in its name. The exhibition extends FOR-SITE’s focus on provocative art about place, inviting viewers into decommissioned batteries, an administrative building, and a chapel that served for decades as key sites in the US Army’s Coastal Defense System and are now open to the public for the first time. Featured artists represent diverse points of origin—including China, Cuba, Iran, Israel, Poland, South Korea, Syria, the United States, and Vietnam—underscoring the universality of themes of home, safety, and defense. In media ranging from painting and sculpture to video and performance, artworks respond to both personal and cultural concerns, with the historic sites of Fort Winfield Scott providing a new context for signature pieces and a showcase for site-specific commissions. Participating artists: Shiva Ahmadi, Tamman Azzam, Tirtzah Bassel, Yashar Azar Emdadian, Al Farrow, Díaz Lewis (Cara Megan Lewis and Alejandro Díaz-Perera), Liza Lou, Mandana Moghaddam, Trevor Paglen, Shahpour Pouyan, Michele Pred, The Propeller Group (Matt Lucero, Tuấn Andrew Nguyễn, and Phunam Thúc), Luz Maria Sanchez, Do Ho Suh, Bill Viola, Alexia Webster, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Yin Xiuzhen. Home Land Security is presented in partnership with the National Park Service, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Presidio Trust.