As part of a new exhibition, 42 artists from both cities have come together to look at issues plaguing both sides, with politics pervading the show
Last year, Mexican artist Chantal Pealosa brought her camera outdoors and photographed a set of clouds floating above Mexico. She then crossed the border into the US to shoot the same set of clouds. They look almost exactly the same, so why is everything down below so complicated?
This pair of photos and more are part of a new exhibition, titled Being Here with You/Estando aqu contigo: 42 artists from San Diego & Tijuana, which showcases over 100 artworks from 42 artists working in San Diego and Tijuana.
By bringing together artists from both sides of the border, the artwork here looks at the issues surrounding the region; from public space to queer politics and the border wall.
Politics pervades the show, said Jill Dawsey, who co-curated the exhibition with Anthony Graham. We wanted to serve the binational region, as there are audiences on both sides of the border. Half are from San Diego, half are from Tijuana; the title conjures up a sense of connection and sharing space.
Among the artworks in the exhibit, Tijuana artist Abraham vila shows Writing Fate With Lines, a video where the artist presses his hand against the Mexican border wall to reveal its imprints on his skin.
You can see that it says Mexico across his hand, said Dawson. His grandmother was a palm reader, and for the artist, he views the border through the lens of his family. He rewrites cosmic narratives according to the fates proscribed by nationality and citizenship.
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