The Border Art Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo, was formed in 1984 as part of the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park. It is a multi-national conduit that serves to address the issues we are confronted with while existing in a region where two countries and cultures meet. Sites for performances include the end of the border fence where Tijuana and San Diego meet at the Pacific Ocean, the tomb of Juan Soldado, and the Poblado Maclovio Rojas.
As part of its programming over the years, the BAW/TAF has committed time and resources working in migrant communities and schools on a variety of projects designed to be descriptive of the bi-national people who inhabit these border cities. The result of many of these projects have been displayed in art galleries and cultural institutions, thus increasing each community’s awareness to the changing parameters of the art world and ways in which diverse points of view can be illustrated.
“The multifaceted nature of the US/Mexico border demands a multidimensional perspective.” -BAW/TEF founder Guillermo Gomez-Pena on BAW’s choices to work in a variety of languages, disciplines, and media.
Links of Interest:
- Border Art Workshop History – a timeline of the BAW with links to events and installations, spanning from 1984 to 1997.
- Guillermo Gomez-Pena/Border Art Workshop – a collection of resources, including books and recordings about both the Border Art Workshop and its founder, Guillermo Gomez-Pena