Sergio De La Torre: Nuevo Dragon City
Nuevo Dragon City, 2008, is the first in a series of works by artist Sergio De La Torre that explore the psyche of a seemingly invisible Chinese community living in the border city of Tijuana, Mexico. The single-channel video aims to unveil this border town’s marginalized community through the lens of migrant teenagers living in the city.
The artist places his subjects within surreal atmospheres, employing cinematic cues from Luis Buñuel’s seminal 1962 film, The Exterminating Angel (El ángel exterminador). Through his work, De La Torre captures the fears and uncertainties of being trapped – anxieties and alienation internalized by many migrant communities on both sides of the border. The work addresses the hidden histories that impact current realities of many marginalized communities, such as Santa Ana own history of erasing unwanted enclaves, notably, the Chinatown fire of 1906 during which the city eradicated a once bustling district.
The exhibition seeks to find common ground in the current political climate – an attempt to remind us of the downfall of alienating one another, and the options of uniting to create a community that fosters humanity, adaptability, connectivity, and the welcoming of individuals and cultures within ever-changing environments.
– Maurizzio Hector Pineda
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