Best of Art on the Border


This summer, Artbound celebrated its one-year anniversary and finished its second season of programming. Season 2 took our exploration of Southern California's cultural landscape to new heights: from the banks of the Tijuana river to underneath the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, from the vast high desert of the Antelope Valley to the beaches of San Diego. We explored art in museums and scrawled on sidewalks; performances under the stars and in the spotlights onstage. Since January, we've published 225 new articles, produced 14 short documentaries, and broadcast three hour-long television episodes.

Today, we look back at five of this season's most memorable articles exploring California's border to Mexico.

From the Center of the Margin: Contemporary Art Galleries in Downtown Tijuana

206 Arte Contemparaneo during a solo exhibition of artist Omar Pimienta titled "Pasaporte" [Passport] in September 2012. | Photo: Christian Vargas.

After violence desolated the city center of Tijuana starting in 2007, artists and musicians began to reimagine the function of this area, known as "El Centro" -- the historic tourist district that stretches about 10 blocks along Avenida Revolucion -- by opening small independent, largely self-funded art galleries and spaces.

Ñongos: A Document of the Tijuana River's Improvised Housing Community

Photo: Ana Andrade.

Ana Andrade is one of a handful of new-generation Tijuana artists involved in artistic practices desiring to produce social change.

From Mexican to American: Louis Hock's Decades of Documenting Immigrant Life

Still from Louis Hock's "The Mexican Tapes: A Chronicle of Life Outside the Law."

Louis Hock documented the experiences of his Los Analos neighbors, undocumented Mexican working class immigrant families, by filming the day-to-day lives of four families.

Dispatches From the Border Reporters: The Story of Sergio Haro, 'Zeta Weekly' and the Documentary Film 'Reportero'

Courtesy of Quiet Pictures.

Sergio Haro, veteran photojournalist and editor of "Semanario Zeta" is the subject of the documentary film "Reportero."

Tracing the U.S. / Mexico Border Wall

Drawing by Alessandra Moctezuma.

Artists, art historians, and students gathered to draw the most southwestern edge of the U.S./Mexico border as part of a continued investigation by Incendiary Traces.

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Top Image: Photo: Ana Andrade.

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