labor issues and human rights. Expressing themselves through video, photography, sculpture, social engagement, performance and interactivity, the work of these contemporary Mexican, Latino and American artists from both Tijuana and San Diego provides fertile ground for important conversations that beg to be had in a geographic area where shifting cultural identities and nationalities are at the forefront of challenging social and political debate. Omar Pimienta’s Welcome to Colonia Libertad is a participatory art piece that replicates the bureaucratic practice of acquiring passports. Pimienta sets up ‘mobile consulates’ where he exchanges a visitor’s expired passport and trades it for an artistic faux passport together with their new photograph and fingerprints,giving them access to his Tijuana neighborhood of Colonia Liberdad. Teresita de la Torre’s 365 Days in an Immigrant’s Shirt pays homages to undocumented migrants by wearing a plaid shirt everyday for a year – a shirt she discovered while volunteering for an organization that leaves jugs of drinking water in the desert for migrants trying to cross the border. Her process is documented in photographs and a sketchbook from her daily postings.
and can be accessed online at: www.oma-online.org/calendar