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JuárezX: Dragged Across Borders


On View May 5-28, 2016. CoCA PS35 | 106 Cherry St. | 98104

CoCA is proud to present “JuárezX: Dragged Across Borders,” co-curated by Joseph C. Roberts and Peter Bill. The exhibition presents work by undocumented immigrants and artists from Juárez, Mexico to explore the intersection of race, class, and migrant status at the US and Mexico border. Simultaneously, the exhibition presents readings and interactive workshops that invite visitors to consider social norms, or borders, created around gender and sexuality. CoCA is proud to present an exhibition and support artists that dissolve boundaries and invite visitors to question borders as places that allow fixed notions of identity to bend, stretch, and even disappear.

The exhibition features work by artists from Juárez, Mexico who have literally and conceptually been “dragged” across borders. Yorch Otte, an urban muralist, serigrapher and leader of the Art Collective “Rezizte," presents graffiti art on panel depicting life on the border. Gabriela Hernandez, an undocumented Seaburry Fellow and New Mexico Highlands University alum, features a series of 6’x3’ banners that represent struggles of LGBTQ and undocumented people. Mario Romero juxtaposes topics of the occult, scientific and astronomical with the border. Pulsoans Ans, graffiti artist and ANS Art Gallery owner, commands spray paint canisters to produce pieces that play with the idea of life and death as they apply to the identities in the margins. Melo Nonsense, aka Melo! presents a series of b&w photographs, the results of a series of interventions made in Cd. Juarez, using graffiti and street art as the main tool, which were conducted in abandoned places. These urban areas, known as "Undergrounds," are filled with textures, contrasts, smells, stories, and people that influence the art and reclaim the place for the entire community. Peter Bill, Assistant Professor of New Media at Western New Mexico University, and Héctor Domínguez Ruvalcaba, Associate Professor of Queer & Border Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, documented their projections of guerrilla video texts onto the streets of Ciudad Juarez. Sarita Corderito adds witty political commentary and tasty painting/collage chops to the mix.

Special presentations during the opening reception on May 5 included live graffiti art by Melo Nonsense, and a reading by Héctor Domínguez Ruvalcaba, PhD, from his work "Aesthetics and Politics of the US-Mexico Border urban art.” CoCA is pleased to be able to bring this enlightening conversation to Seattle audiences and acknowledge LGBTQ individuals in the fight for immigration rights because such identities intersect.

JuárezX: Calendar of Events

Friday, May 6, 2016, 12pm: Dr. Héctor Dominguez Ruvulcaba presents "Aesthetics & Politics of US-Mexico Border urban art"

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6-9pm: Opening Night Artists' Reception. Part of the Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk.

Thursday May 5, 7:30pm: Lecture by Dr Héctor Dominguez Ruvalcaba presents "Aesthetics & Politics of the US-Mexico Border urban art."

Exhibition opens May 5, 2016 at CoCA PS35, 106 Cherry St. Pioneer Square. Through Saturday, May 28.

Gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday, 1-7pm.

106 Cherry St., Seattle, WA 98104

This exhibition is made possible with support from our generous sponsors: Good Arts LLC, Sparkle Donkey, Elysian Brewing, and the Office of Arts & Culture.

- See more at: http://www.cocaseattle.org/exhibitions/past/2016/juarezx/#sthash.c71LBtWA.dpuf

Earlier Event: May 4
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Later Event: June 2
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