Trazando la Linea is an exhibition (open from May 4 until July 8, 2012) that tells the story of the Mexico-U.S. border In Baja California from 1848 to the present day. Although the line commemorated the divide between two nation-states, borderland peoples continued their centuries-old practices of cross-border commerce and society. Twin towns flourished on opposite sides of the line and the border region remains a place of continuity and connection akin to a “third nation” between Mexico and the USA. The exhibition includes historical and current artwork, photographs, maps, treaty documents, and contemporary accounts of travelers, explorers, and military personnel. Examples of exhibition content for this period include architectural renderings of cross-border connections; artistic, cinematic and other cultural manifestations of the border’s possible future; economic and land-use proposals for cross-border development. The exhibit is co-curated by Michael Dear and Hector Lucero and features an installation of work entitled Recuerdos, souvenirs, by Rael San Fratello Architects.
Project Date: 2012
Project Team: Ronald Rael, Virginia San Fratello, Aine Coughlan, Kent Wilson, Bridget Basham
Project Info: TRAZANDO LA LINEA Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 2012 (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) Location: Centro Estatal de las Artes, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.