San Diego/Tijuana


"InSITE94”—an exhibition of over 100 artists at over 37 venues—basically cashed in on the fence that runs across the Northern edge of Tijuana and divides it from the U.S. as if it were the new p.c. hot spot—California’s own Berlin Wall. (One of the artists actually added a graffito to the fence establishing that connection.) The heart of the show was a series of symbolic works on the border itself that purported to comment on, or somehow collaborate with, the border crossing. There were unexplained breaks in the wall through which, from the Mexican side where young men wait for nightfall to cross into the U.S., the four-wheel-drive trucks prowling on American soil were visible. Next to a large gap in the fence, Silvia Gruner, an artist from Mexico City, affixed a series of replicas of a statue depicting an Aztec goddess giving birth. The implications of such a project are disturbing; Gruner

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