entijuanarte 09 | frontera creativa
Between October 2nd and 8th, 2009, Tijuana offers a cultural and artistic experience that emerges from its complex urban environment—marked by being the site of the most transited checkpoint in the world. entijuanarte 09 | frontera creativa (creative border), the most important art fair in Mexico’s Northwest, celebrates five years with a homage to its home state of Baja California.
Since its first edition in October 2005, entijuanartehas been characterized bycontributing a multifaceted artistic and cultural output. Defined as a self-generated, independent project, it has also created an inclusive, progressive space for the presentation of art. In response to the interests of its founders and directors, Julio Rodríguez and Cecilia Ochoa, entijuanarte’smain objective has always been to create encounters between the artistic community and society. It has encouraged the formation of a public devoted to art, and also an alternative to the image of those that live at the border as conditioned and limited by stereotypical definitions of migrant lifestyles.
Encouraged by this effort, entijuanarte 09 | frontera creativa expands its horizons, adding to the individual exhibitions presented each year in the Centro Cultural Tijuana’s (CECUT) esplanade a contemporary art exhibition curated by Marcela Quiroz. Entitled distancia relativa (relative distance) the exhibition features the work of 14 multi-generational artists currently living in Baja California: Claudia Algara, Sebastián Beltrán, Gabriel Boils, Franklin Collao, Isaac Contreras, Livia Corona, Miguel Fernández, Silvia Galindo, Aldo Guerra, Hugo Lugo, David Maung, Azzul Monraz, Shinpei Takeda, and Yvonne Venegas present works in photography, painting, drawing, video, sculpture, and installation. The exhibition interrogates the possibilities in relativity and its distances—socioeconomic, cultural, bodily, emotional, spatial, temporal and geographic—as means to know and compose the habitable environment. distancia relativa will be presented in a commissioned architectural pavilion designed by Gabriel Martínez. With 160 m2 of open floor plan, the structure is erected with scaffolding while the outside skin is made from aluminum residue embedded into translucent resin plaques.
This year entijuanarte 09 also unveils, amongst over 100 artist and collective booths, a specially commissioned monumental sculpture by well-known Tijuana artist Jaime Ruiz Otis. The piece will be donated to the State of Baja California at the fair’s end.
Workshops and artists’ conferences open to the general public will be given in a dedicated space in the fair as part of the activities that entijuanarte 09present to an estimated 50 thousand visitors.
In addition, entijuanarte 09 includes a varied calendar of theater, music and dance performances. Invited guests include internationally recognized dance companies from our region—Lux boreal, Danza Contemporánea Minerva Tapia—and the eclectic musical sounds of La Ballena de Jonas, DJ Mute, and Madame Urs y sus hombres. Complementing these presentations is a site-specific performance program scheduled to run during the three days of the fair. Coordinated by the local visual artist Caludia Algara, it including performances by Álvaro Villalobos (Colombia/Mexico), Micha Cárdenas, and Elle Mehrmand (San Diego).
For the special closing night event on October 4th entijuanarte 09 gathers an unprecedented lineup when Colectivo Nortec Bostich + Fussible blend their sounds with the classical stylings of the Orquesta de Baja California, under the baton of maestro Iván Del Prado who conducts a special arrangement by Alberto Núñez Palacio. The concert will take place in the Glorieta Independencia, on the thoroughfare Paseo de los Heroes Avenue, across from CECUT. This event, like all activities at the fair, is free-of-charge and will be broadcast via Radio Global [www.radioglobal.org].
entijuanarte 09 | frontera creativa continues its program in alternate sites through Tijuana and San Diego, California. Between the 5th and 8th of October presentations will be made at the Universidad de las Californias, the Centro Universitario de Tijuana, the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California and University of San Diego. Conferences, book presentations, and round table discussions will be given by historians, artists, curators and academics from our region, including, José Manuel Valenzuela, Norma Iglesias, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Lucía Sanromán, and José Luis Martin Galindo.
entijuanarte 09 | frontera creativa
WHERE? Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT) esplanade
Paseo de los Héroes #9350, Zona Río, Tijuana, BC, México
WHEN? 2 – 8 of October, 2009
Friday 2 | Inauguration: 19:00 – 23:00 / Saturday 3 | 12:00 – 22:00
Sunday 4 | 12:00 – 18:00 / Closing Concert: 18:30 – 24:00 |
5 – 8 of October in other venues.