Art at the Border: 21st Century Responses
In conjunction with publication of the curator’s new book Curating at the Edge: Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border, this exhibition investigates the artistic practices of contemporary artists who have responded to the current sociopolitical environment of the border between the U.S. and Mexico. The artists range in experience from emerging to established. Some of these artists are Mexican living in Mexico. Some are Mexican living in the U.S. Others are Mexican American. And yet others are U.S. citizens of European ancestry. All of them have investigated and/or resided in the border region. The link between them is a shared interest in the current climate of the U.S./Mexico border and the conveyance of this territory in visual terms. Subjects include immigration struggles, low rider automobiles, Mexican street vendors, drug-related and domestic violence, water’s scarcity, managed agricultural lands and the fluidity of cross-border cultural exchange that defies physical walls. Performance, photography, sculpture, and video are the focus.
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