Alejandro G. Iñárritu: CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible)

Carne y Arena - About the Exhibition

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s conceptual virtual reality installation CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees. Based on true accounts, the superficial lines between subject and bystander are blurred and bound together, allowing individuals to walk in a vast space and thoroughly live a fragment of the refugees’ personal journeys. An immersive installation that reunites frequent collaborators Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki alongside producer Mary Parent and ILMxLAB, CARNE y ARENA is centered around a 6 ½-minute virtual reality sequence for one person that employs state-of-the-art immersive technology to create a multi-narrative light space with human characters.

“During the past four years in which this project has been growing in my mind, I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing many Mexican and Central American refugees. Their life stories haunted me, so I invited some of them to collaborate with me in the project,” Iñárritu says. “My intention was to experiment with VR technology to explore the human condition in an attempt to break the dictatorship of the frame, within which things are just observed, and claim the space to allow the visitor to go through a direct experience walking in the immigrants’ feet, under their skin, and into their hearts.”

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Legendary Entertainment.

Made possible by Arnon Milchan and New Regency

Produced and Financed by Legendary Entertainment, Fondazione Prada, and Emerson Collective.

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Presented by:

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This exhibition is part of The Hyundai Project: Art + Technology at LACMA, a joint initiative exploring the convergence of art and technology.

All exhibitions at LACMA are underwritten by the LACMA Exhibition Fund. Major annual support is provided by Kitzia and Richard Goodman, with generous annual funding from Jerry and Kathleen Grundhofer, Lauren Beck and Kimberly Steward, the Judy and Bernard Briskin Family Foundation, Louise and Brad Edgerton, Edgerton Foundation, Emily and Teddy Greenspan, Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross, David Schwartz Foundation, Inc., and Lenore and Richard Wayne. 

Carne y Arena - Sobre La Exposición

La instalación conceptual de Alejandro G. Iñárritu realizada mediante realidad virtual CARNE y ARENA (virtualmente presente, físicamente invisible) explora la condición humana de las personas inmigrantes y refugiadas. Basada en relatos reales, en ella las líneas superficiales entre sujeto y espectador se difuminan hasta mezclarse, permitiendo a los individuos pasear por un vasto espacio y experimentar en profundidad un fragmento de los viajes personales de los refugiados. CARNE y ARENA, una experiencia inmersiva en la que vuelven a coincidir Iñárritu y Emmanuel Lubezki, colaboradores frecuentes, así como la productora Mary Parent e ILMxLAB, gira en torno a una secuencia virtual de seis minutos y medio para una persona que utiliza tecnología inmersiva de vanguardia para crear un espacio multinarrativo de luz con personajes humanos.

“Durante los últimos cuatro años, en los que este proyecto se ha ido forjando en mi cabeza, he tenido el privilegio de conocer y entrevistar a muchos refugiados mexicanos y centroamericanos. Las historias de sus vidas me perseguían, así que invité a algunos de ellos a colaborar conmigo en el proyecto," cuenta Iñárritu. "Mi propósito era experimentar con la realidad virtual para explorar la condición humana en un intento de romper la dictadura del encuadre dentro del cual las cosas simplemente se observan y reivindicar un espacio que permita al visitante vivir la experiencia directa de caminar con los pies de la persona inmigrante, ponerse en su piel y llegar hasta su corazón."

Esta exposición fue organizado por el Museo de Arte del Condado de Los Angeles, Alejandro González Iñárritu y Legendary Entertainment.

Se hizo realidad graciase a Arnon Milchan and New Regency

Producido y financiado por Legendary Entertainment y Fondazione Prada

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Esta exposición es parte del Proyecto Hyundai: Arte + Tecnología en LACMA, una iniciativa conjunta que explora la convergencia del arte y la tecnología

Todas las exposiciones en LACMA son financiadas por el LACMA Exhibition Fund. Apoyo anual se provee por Kitzia y Richard Goodman, con un generoso financiamiento anual de Jerry and Kathleen Grundhofer, Lauren Beck y Kimberly Steward, la Judy and Bernard Briskin Family Foundation, Louise y Brad Edgerton, Edgerton Foundation, Emily y Teddy Greenspan, David Schwartz Foundation, Inc., y Lenore y Richard Wayne.

Carne y Arena - General Public Ticketing Info - Sold Out

CARNE y ARENA (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible) is sold out.

All tickets for this timed-entry experience, closing July 1, have been sold. This exhibition will not be extended.

Non-Member Tickets

Tickets are a $30 upgrade to an existing General Admission (GA) ticket. Tickets must be purchased online or either LACMA Ticket Office pending availability and are limited to two tickets per visitor, per day.

Base AdmissionCARNE y ARENA UpgradeTotal
LACMA Member $0 $25 $25
Adult $25 $30 $55
Adult, in-county $20 $30 $50
Senior/Student $21 $30 $51
Senior/Student, in-county $16 $30 $46
Youth (13 - 17) $0 $25 $25

You must present a photo ID to pick up your tickets on the day of your reservation. Tickets will only be released to the original ticket purchaser. There are no refunds for tickets and tickets are not transferrable.

Carne y Arena - Member Ticketing Info - Sold Out

CARNE y ARENA (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible) is sold out. All tickets for this timed-entry experience, closing July 1, have been sold. This exhibition will not be extended.

Q: How does ticketing work?
A: CARNE y ARENA is a 15-minute specially ticketed, timed-entry installation. Timed appointments are scheduled in advance for one person at a time. Tickets must be purchased at either a LACMA Ticket Office or online, pending availability, and are limited to two tickets per membership or visitor per day.

Q: What is the price for a member ticket?
A: Member tickets are $25 each.

Q: How many discounted member tickets do I receive?
A: Student and Individual-level members receive one discounted member ticket. Dual-level members and higher receive two discounted member tickets.

Q: Can members purchase additional tickets for friends?
A: A: Members may purchase additional tickets at the general public ticket price.

Q: Are there any age restrictions for CARNE y ARENA?
A: Yes. Participants must be 13 or over and have a valid photo ID to retrieve tickets and enter the gallery. (Youth may bring a valid photo ID that includes birth date or a middle or high school ID.) Please note that visitors ages 13 to 17 must have a guardian sign the waiver and release of liability at the time of the visit.

Q: What else is included in my CARNE y ARENA ticket?
A: Your CARNE y ARENA ticket includes general admission to LACMA. It does not include admission to other specially ticketed exhibitions. However, as a member, based on your level, you may pick up free (or discounted) tickets to other specially ticketed exhibitions, based on availability.

Q: Are member tickets transferable? Refundable?
A: No. You must present a photo ID to pick up your tickets. If your membership is not current on the day of your visit, you will need to renew your membership or forfeit your tickets. There are no refunds for tickets.

Q: Is there anything else I should know about my CARNE y ARENA visit?
A: See Additional Information

Carne y Arena - Additional Information

  • Waiver and release of liability will be available on-site and must be signed before participating. For visitors ages 13 to 17, a guardian must be present to sign the waiver and release of liability at the time of the visit. 
  • View the Waiver and Release of Liability for Adults and for Minors.
  • CARNE y ARENA is a virtual reality work that is highly immersive and can feel extremely realistic at times.
  • Failure to check in at the CARNE y ARENA gallery on the first floor of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) five minutes prior to the appointment with ticket in hand may result in cancellation. We recommend that you arrive at LACMA at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment time.
  • As with all galleries at LACMA, CARNE y ARENA is ADA compliant. Please send an email to to coordinate any necessary accommodations after securing a reservation.
  • CARNE y ARENA is not recommended for individuals with claustrophobia, heart conditions, back conditions, a history of seizures, epilepsy, and/or sensitivity to flashing lights.
  • Participants thought to be unstable or under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be admitted.
  • No photography or other documentation of the work is permitted.
  • LACMA is not responsible for lost or forgotten items.
  • Due to the complex technology employed, the installation may require unplanned maintenance; this may result in delays for visitors or in the cancellation of a visit. If it is not possible to reschedule a delayed or cancelled visit, a full refund will be issued.