Dino Dinco and Julio Torres

Mexicali Rose Centro De Arte/Medios

“Todos Somos Putos” (We Are All Faggots), an exhibition created by Los Angeles–based Dino Dinco and Mexicali artist Julio Torres, was, as its title suggests, an argument for the persistence of nonassimilated queer culture on both sides of the border. As the artists wrote in their press release, “Shattering the construction of (a) ‘gay community’ allows for queerness to remain queer and not subsumed by the global plague of rainbow flags and middle class gay marriage.” Created for Mexicali Rose, an inspiring community-based media center and gallery in Mexicali’s Pueblo Nuevo barrio, next to the US border, which was founded by Marco Vera after he returned to his hometown from Los Angeles in 2006, the exhibition was also a celebration of the two artists’ ongoing artistic exchange and friendship.

Torres, an inventive photo-documentarian and recent graduate of the fine art program of the Universidad

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