The exhibit is curated by Julio César Morales and Maurizzio Hector Pineda.

Opening concurrently in mid-February, the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) and the Fine Arts Gallery at San Francisco State University (SFSU) showcase a selection of powerful contemporary art from México. Interrelated through a mix of politics and aesthetics, the parallel exhibitions explore issues of labor, migration and contemporary issues – amplified by a historical lens. MCCLA will present five video installations by artists including Carlos Amorales, ToroLab, Miguel Calderón, Sergio de la Torre, and Tania Candiani.

The SFSU exhibition features eighteen artists who work on paper on in media of animation, including Francis Alÿs, Dr. Lakra, Gabriel Orozco and a small selection of work by historical giants including Jose Clemente Orozco and Jose Guadalupe Posada; this exhibition was curated by Sharon Bliss, Mark Johnson, Julio César Morales and Bera Nordal. Both exhibitions will travel to Sweden in Fall 2011, presented there by the Valand Art Academy of the University of Gothenburg, and the acclaimed Nordic Watercolor Museum.

Videos included in the DF

"La Hora Nacional /The National Hour" (2010) by Carlos Amorales, a color film with sound that is a reflection on the pre-Hispanic collection and proposes a radical rupture from the institutional interpretation of Mexican history.

San Francisco-based video artist Sergio de La Torre will exhibit "New Dragon City" (2008) which features six Cantonese youths. Sergio’s videos address the new reality of the Cantonese community in Tijuana today.

Tijuana-based collective Torolab "Homeland: The Iu Mien Farm Tapes Project" (2009). Homeland is an ongoing project about the construction of home territories and the constant revaluation of identities within nomadic, migratory and refugee communities. The Iu Mien Tapes project follows a specific Asian community, the Iu Mien, through their journey of Traditions-Transitions-Translations, from their historical migration from China to Vietnam and Laos to their participation in the Vietnam War, followed by their life in refugee camps and their final settlement in Western United States.

Miguel Calderón will present his video installation "Los Pasos de Los Enemigos/Steps of the Enemy" (2006). A poster of a black panther on his bedroom wall inspired this project when he was a teenager.

Tania Candiani’s "Battleground" (2009), recreates a streaming performance, wherein students from the “neighboring” Universities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez simultaneously enact the psycho/sociological effects of violence on border inhabitants—a representation of both the connection and separation between these two cities. In "Lanzadas" (2009), domestic objects become metonymic stand-ins to the complex set of power relations at work, as long-established gender roles are becoming slowly over-turned.

16 February - 15 March 2011
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St, San Francisco, CA


Raul Cardenas-Osuna, a member of ToroLab, is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Candidate. For more about his work, please visit:

Sergio de la Torre was an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Candidate. For more about his work, please visit: