As horse-loving girls growing up in San Diego, my sisters and I pestered my parents until they got us a horse, April Jubilee, a very fancy-sounding name. We spent a lot of time riding her around the undeveloped hills. When it rained we would bring her into the garage, as if a horse shouldn’t get wet. When we had to move to another state, she was sold.
Returning to California as a teenager, the Del Mar Fair, followed by a season of horse racing, was still there just as it had always been. It's only in the past few years that I began to notice the escalating number of horses dying at the track. I started to wonder about these racehorses, and racing in general, so I looked beyond the elaborate hats and the party on Opening Day to see what it was all about. What I found was worse than I expected.
The exhibition and website "27 Horses" are the result of this questioning. Both explore
the outcome of a season of racing at Del Mar and the ethical and philosophical questions about our use of horses for entertainment and gambling.
Held at the San Diego Art Institute Project Space in Horton Plaza the exhibition opened on December 8, 2017 and ran through the month.
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