April 6, 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149

Afterthought: The Boom and Art Exhibition/Documentation Across the Tijuana-San Diego Border
April 6, 7:30 PM
Visual Arts Facility, Second Floor

In conjunction with Making Communities: Art and the Border, Cog*nate Collective and Ph.D. candidate Sara Solaimani present two distinct programs complementing the exhibition.

Cog*nate Collective will present a bilingual performance exploring the dialectical tension between abstraction and tangibility as experienced and lived across the US/Mexico border--a structure at once concrete & abstract, sited & dislocated, experienced spatially (as physical form) but also discursively (as narrative). The bilingual reading seeks to create a moment and space of articulation -- establishing connections between/across theoretical concepts and everyday experiences through animated diagrams + anecdotal recitations. By siting interconnected and contradictory relations in the context of the border, the work suggests the border-line itself can function as a symbolic and physical articulation to mobilize,as a dialectical relation to transmute.


Afterthought is an open platform discussion in which artists and collectives such as Adriana Trujillo, Omar Pimienta, Alida Cervantes, Cog*nate Collective, Daniel Ruanova, Aldo Guerra and curator/writers such as Leticia Gomez Franco and Sara Solaimani will talk with other roundtable participants about their experience and knowledge of the recursive and reactionary art "booms" on the border. With the intention to contribute to the deepening of the discourse and scholarship of Tijuana and San Diego's art histories, this conversation brings together local artists, art historians, curators, and other interlocutors from both sides of the border. UC San Diego Visual Arts students and faculty who have an interest engaging in the transborder double-learning and collaboration will become part of a critical conversation with mid-career Tijuana-based artists who have a history of resisting the reactionary impulse, instead pushing for longterm commitment to engagement, exhibition and documentation of their work's connection to the local political and social concerns of the portal between the so-called "First" and "Third" Worlds.