Imperial
Although agribusiness, migration and labor are the main narrative of Imperial - El Centro/Mexicali being one of the main ports of entry for daily Mexican laborers working on the fields - border politics often rears its ugly face. Here the Minutemen, Coyotes and drug lords clash for control of the region, leaving residents, migrants and workers to fend for themselves.

Not far from there, however, the Blue Angels’ squadron trains doing aerial-pirouettes above the Salton Sea; an area of deep environmental decay that continues to inspire artists and writers today. In and around the Salton Sea area, a band of outcasts have set shop, creating outsider art in places like Salvation Mountain, Slab City and Bombay Beach.
Highlights
Off the Grid Enlightenment and Spirit at East Jesus
Guided by a sustainable way of life, East Jesus is a habitable, experimental art project that champions a collective culture in the heart of Imperial County's Slab City.
Eye on the Street: The Visual Language of Daniel Gibson
L.A.-based artist's Daniel Gibson's artwork continues to be influenced by his upbringing in the remote deserts of Imperial Valley.
Mexicali Art Goes Global
Mexicali Rose is a grass roots communitarian organization dedicated to providing free access to artistic media for the community youth of Mexicali, Baja California.
High & Dry: Solastalgia on the Salton Sea
High & Dry: Solastalgia on the Salton Sea
The Salton Sea-adjacent town of Brawley is recuperating from a massive fire. Writer/ photographer duo High & Dry visit with community members who have not given up.
High & Dry: The Salton Sea, a Tsunami of Neglect
High & Dry: The Salton Sea, a Tsunami of Neglect
The Salton Sea is full of questions. Writer/ photographer duo High & Dry explore abandoned, mysterious ruins found off the Red Hill Marina.
High & Dry: The Salton Sea and the Search for Solutions to the West's Problems
High & Dry: The Salton Sea and the Search for Solutions to the West's Problems
Writer/ photographer duo High & Dry walk along the shores of the Salton Sea, examining birds, plants, and other living beings that rely on the shrinking body of water.
Off the Grid Enlightenment and Spirit at East Jesus
Off the Grid Enlightenment and Spirit at East Jesus
Guided by a sustainable way of life, East Jesus is a habitable, experimental art project that champions a collective culture in the heart of Imperial County's Slab City.
Eye on the Street: The Visual Language of Daniel Gibson
Eye on the Street: The Visual Language of Daniel Gibson
L.A.-based artist's Daniel Gibson's artwork continues to be influenced by his upbringing in the remote deserts of Imperial Valley.
Mexicali Art Goes Global
Mexicali Art Goes Global
Mexicali Rose is a grass roots communitarian organization dedicated to providing free access to artistic media for the community youth of Mexicali, Baja California.
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Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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