Amy Sanchez
Amy Sanchez

Amy Sanchez is a San Diego-based freelance curator, writer, and arts educator. She is the co-founder and co-coordinator of cog•nate collective, a binational arts collective producing work at and about the US/Mexico border.

Q&A

LOCATION: San Diego/Imperial Valley/Mexicali

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/cognate.collective

WHAT INSPIRES ME: Smart people, kindness, good food, the collision of the aesthetic, pragmatic and conceptual, and my mom.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN MY AREA: Sandy places, raspado shops, second-hand stores.

FAVORITE WRITERS: Anais Nin, Charles Bukowski, Vladimir Nabokov, Allen Ginsberg, Edna St. Vincent Millay, James Joyce, Susan Sontag, Jorge Luis Borges.

ARTIST/CREATIVE YOU’D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: Patty Smith…or a Tupac Hologram.

MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: Banksy

PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: The Cure, The Velvet Underground, Bob Marley, and Philip Glass, with some Jazz standards mixed in here and there.

WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: “In order to love something you have to have seen it and heard it for a long time you bunch of idiots.” –Francis Picabia

I’ve seen and heard it for a long time.

ART YOU MAKE (IF YOU MAKE ANY...): Interventions at the US/Mexico Border as part of cog•nate collective. Check out the site for more information.

Recent Articles
Cannibalizing the Biennial: Mexicali's Binational Celebration
Cannibalizing the Biennial: Mexicali's Binational Celebration
The 2013 MexiCali Biennial is an exhibition exploring the social and cultural makeup of immigrant communities in East L.A. and Mexicali.
Mexicali Rose: Cultivating Art Across the Border
Mexicali Rose: Cultivating Art Across the Border
Mexicali Rose is a creative space exhibiting the work of Mexicali artists, visual art, film initiatives and live musical performances.
Borderblaster: Transmission 5
Borderblaster: Transmission 5 "Open Mic/Discurso Abierto"
The fifth transmission of Borderblaster features audio from an open mic held at the San Ysidro Port of Entry where people were asked to sing, scream, or declare something to the border at the point of crossing.
Borderblaster: Transmission 3 'Civic Dialogue'
Borderblaster: Transmission 3 'Civic Dialogue'
Borderblaster's third transmission explores the different areas of cultural engagement in Tijuana with artist Elizabeth Chaney and literary advocate Rene Castillo.
Borderblaster: Transmission 1
Borderblaster: Transmission 1 "About Crossing"
Cog•nate collective, a binational arts collective whose goal became to alter the passive experience of crossing the border, reports on the first transmission from their project Borderblaster.
The Juanita Salazar Lowe Gallery: A New Home for Student and Community Art in Imperial Valley
The Juanita Salazar Lowe Gallery: A New Home for Student and Community Art in Imperial Valley
The Juanita Salazar Lowe Gallery opened at Imperial Valley College in 2009. Currently on view is, "Mexicali Aqui," an exhibition featuring work by 33 artists from Mexicali, Baja California.
All For Art and Art For All: the Imperial Valley Artist Collective
All For Art and Art For All: the Imperial Valley Artist Collective
Three Imperial Valley artists have created the Imperial Valley County Artists Collective to encourage collaboration and participation between artists.
Lessons from the Slab: Slab Sand Cloud Grid, New Works by Sam Kronick and Hermione Spriggs
Lessons from the Slab: Slab Sand Cloud Grid, New Works by Sam Kronick and Hermione Spriggs
Amy Sanchez investigates the project "Slab Sand Cloud Grid," which brings together a set of objects and interventions produced collaboratively in and about one of Southern California's most notoriously off-the-grid communities: Slab City.
A Year in the Life: Manuel Paul López's '1984'
A Year in the Life: Manuel Paul López's '1984'
Manuel Paul López is a writer's writer synthesizing his encyclopedic knowledge of modern and contemporary literature with a border-child vernacular sensibility. His work '1984' comes to life in Artbound's animation.
Pagoda in the Desert: How Chinese Immigration Shaped the Flavors of the Imperial Valley
Pagoda in the Desert: How Chinese Immigration Shaped the Flavors of the Imperial Valley
Chinese food in the Imperial Valley and Mexicali represents a longstanding tradition of cultural exchange across borders and between ethnic groups.
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