Convivencia: Art Making at the U.S.-Mexico Border

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An engaging discussion exploring how making art at the southern border creates moments of cultural interaction, exchange, and communication.

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In 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested more than double the amount of migrants than the previous year – the most in more than a decade. The debate around border crossings and the detainment of migrant families and children has created even more divisions in the media, and among politicians and the public. Yet, this conversation is driven primarily by those untouched by the crisis. They are stories not told by those living this reality, but rather by outsiders observing it from a distance.

By “working outside of the white gaze,” architect Ronald Rael argues that artists and architects can better understand the complexities of a landscape and inspire the transformative effects of contemporary art made at border lands. Convivencia: Art Making at the U.S.-Mexico Border, will be a conversation about coexistence, representation, and the dialogue that informs community-based art in these contentious regions.

As the Chair of the Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley, Rael will engage in a presentation and discussion with W|ALLS featured photographer, designer, craftsperson, and founder of Art Made Between Opposite Sides (AMBOS) Tanya Aguiñiga. How does making art at the southern border create moments of cultural interaction, exchange, and communication between communities inhabiting both sides of the divide? With this question in mind, Rael and Aguiñiga will shed light on how performative gestures of convivencia – or “hanging out and having fun” in close proximity, in Rael’s loose translation – can serve as valuable tools for fortifying and amplifying the most authentic, but least-heard voices in a crisis.

Photo by Ronald Rael

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