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Francis Alÿs, Ambulantes I (Peddlers I), 1992–2000, 1 of 80 projected 35 mm slides. From the series “Ambulantes,” 1992–2003.

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When first appearing in 1992, inSite—a biennial artistic event that engages the border area between San Diego and Tijuana through a series of specially commissioned and site-specific works and exhibitions—caused barely a ripple, being underreported and underdiscussed. But within two short years it had the support of the Centro Cultural Tijuana (CeCuT) and has steadily gained in funding and prestige with each subsequent installment. While the sprawling nature of the project has necessarily made for patchy affairs on occasion, inSite has also delivered such memorable moments as the Trojan horse sculpture by Marcos Ramírez (aka ERRE) positioned beside the cabins of border guards in 1997, and Krzysztof Wodiczko’s projection of a staring, Big Brother–like head on the exterior of Tijuana’s Omnimax Dome theater in 2001.

Speaking more broadly, one must acknowledge inSite’s instrumental role during

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