Virtual Screening: “Borderlands” and Donor Q&A with Tanya Aguiñiga and Postcommodity
We are excited to invite you to our free, virtual screening of Art21’s Borderlands!
Set in the US/Mexico border region —a site of political conflict, social struggle, and intense creative ferment—the piece explores how artists respond to one of the most divisive moments in the history of this area. It features Tanya Aguiñiga’s Creative Capital Project Art Made Between Opposite Sides, a series of artworks and engagements with the commuters and communities along the border, which was created to shape the narrative that arose during the 2016 election. It also features Postcommodity’s Creative Capital Project The Repellent Fence. The project was constructed to reaffirm the indigeneity of immigrant peoples, as well as the original inhabitants of the border region and became the largest bi-national land art installation ever exhibited on the US/Mexican border.
Tanya Aguiñiga was born in 1978 in San Diego, California, and raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She works with traditional craft materials and collaborates with other artists and activists to create sculptures, installations, performances, and community-based art projects. Drawing on her upbringing as a binational citizen, who daily crossed the border from Tijuana to San Diego for school, Aguiñiga’s work speaks of the artist’s experience of her divided identity and aspires to tell the larger and often invisible stories of the transnational community.
Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective currently composed of Cristóbal Martínez (born in New Mexico) and Kade L. Twist (born in California). The group creates site-specific installations, interventions videos, and sound works, utilizing the members’ shared Indigenous lens to reveal the incongruent histories embedded in our modern-day institutions, systems, and beliefs. The group often works closely with local communities to create poetic installations that reimagine sites of conflict as places of curiosity that foreground Indigenous culture.
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