Art at the Border: 21st Century Responses

Opening Day Events: Saturday, October 12

4pm: Public Forum
6-8pm: Opening Reception

In conjunction with the publication of curator Kate Bonansinga's book Curating at the Edge: Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border, this exhibition investigated 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. All of them have investigated the dynamics of the border region. Many of them reside or have resided there. The link between them is a shared interest in the climate of the U.S./Mexico border and the conveyance of this territory in visual terms. Subjects include immigration struggles, drug-related violence, craft as identity, and the fluidity of cross-border cultural exchange that defies physical walls.


Alejandro Almanza Pereda Adrian Esparza
Margarita Cabrera Marcos Ramirez ERRE
Tania Candiani & RSM (Rodrigo Guzmán) SIMPARCH

Curating at the Edge:
Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border

by Kate Bonansinga
foreward by Lucy Lippard
published by University of Texas Press








Women's Focus on KUNM
Interview by Megan Kamerick with Kate Bonansinga and Tania Candiani
Originally aired October 12, 2013


read: Border art gets breathing room by Wesley Pulkka, Albuquerque Journal, November 24, 2013

read: The fine unline by Lisa Barrow, Alibi, V.22 No.42 | October 17 - 23, 2013


Exhibition Programs:

Saturday, October 12, 11am
Demo: Interweave [Laboratorium]

Saturday, October 12, 4pm
Public Forum

Thursday, November 14, 7pm
516 WORDS Poetry Reading: As/Us Indigenous & Latina Poets

Saturday, December 7, 7pm
Immigration Dialogue: (Ex)change: Immigration, Identity and Cultural Exchange

Image credit: Adrian Esparza, Superstructure (detail), representing a portion of his installation to be created at 516 ARTS, serape, plywood and nails, dimensions variable, 2013


  • Adrian Esparza, Superstructure (installation detail) Vitrina de Colonias, 2013, mixed media, 18x16ft
  • Margarita Cabrera, John Deere Tractor Model 790 (1) 2007, mixed media, 100x60x96in
  • Alejandro Almanza Pereda, From the series Sticks and Stones, 2013, mixed media, dimensions variable