Working At The Line: Three Studies of Arts Administration at The U.S.-Mexico Border
My thesis examines the work of three arts organizations that have worked or are working at the U.S.-Mexico border: The Border Art Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo; a San Diegobased artist collective which operate from 1984 to the mid-90s; inSite festival, which ran from 1992 to 2005 in San Diego and Tijuana; and the Border Art Corridor, which supports art projects in the towns of Douglas, Arizona, and Nogales, Mexico. Since the field of border art rose to prominence in the 1980s, international audiences have been drawn to the ways in which artists present new visions of the border. In order to support the work of these artists, organizations have adopted various approaches to working with the complex social and political realities that exist at the border. My thesis seeks out projects that disrupt traditional narratives of the border, and avoid the over-simplification that is too often applied to it. In doing so, I hope to present a nuanced portrait of a practice rooted in collaboration and cooperation.