Twins in Twain Exhibition Opens in San Ysidro and Tijuana: Art Exhibit Reaches Across Border, Creates Link Between San Diego & Tijuana Art Spaces

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Twins in Twain: Agreed Invisible Tethers Between Strangers, is a new work by Omar Lopez conceptualized specifically for Casa Familiar’s Art Labs Proposal for the 2011 SD Art Fair. It explores the unique dynamic San Diego has with Tijuana, and Tijuana with San Diego. People that may live a 20-minute drive from each other, are unaware of each other’s unique experiences, particular lifestyles and day-to-day challenges, yet they are aware, on some levels, of each other’s existence.

The Front, San Diego’s southern most visual art space has teamed up with the 2011 San Diego Art Fair and Tijuana’s La Casa del Tunel, to bring you what promises to be one of the most unique art exhibits you will ever attend. The exhibit is called Twins in Twain: Agreed Invisible Tethers Between Strangers and it involves 20 artists, 10 residing in San Diego and 10 in Tijuana. A type of experimental performance of visual art, commerce, and technology, the opening night will take place simultaneously at The Front, 147 W. San Ysidro Blvd San Ysidro, CA 92173 and La Casa del Tunel, Calle Chapo Márquez 133, in the Colonia Federal neighborhood of Tijuana, on Saturday Sept 3rd 2011 from 5-10pm. Each event will be shown at the other space through live videoconferencing.

Twins in Twain: Agreed Invisible Tethers Between Strangers, is a new work by Omar Lopez conceptualized specifically for Casa Familiar’s Art Labs Proposal for the 2011 SD Art Fair. It explores the unique dynamic San Diego has with Tijuana, and Tijuana with San Diego. People that may live a 20-minute drive from each other, are unaware of each other’s unique experiences, particular lifestyles and day-to-day challenges, yet they are aware, on some levels, of each other’s existence.

“We are familiar with forming bonds between people we know, who we can put a face to, who are far away. But what has a newer, stronger potential, is acknowledging/valuing a relationship with someone whom we agree from the start, we need not know… creating and acknowledging organic, self-conscious relationships between strangers.”     - Omar Lopez

The concept for this show/performance involves acknowledging the un-selfconscious bonds we share with strangers; and then creating new, self-conscious, invisible ties between strangers that will exist in the everyday, but without our knowing exactly how. A T-shirt is a common everyday object, but imbued with artistic rarity, it becomes a coveted and powerful object—the perfect paradox for this show—exclusive but attainable.

Linda Caballero-Sotelo, the exhibits curator writes: “What captivated us most about Omar’s proposal, Twins in Twain, was the notion of relationships emerging out of the appropriation and re-creation of an [everyday] object serving as a connector between individuals in different cities---different countries, different realities…both sharing this ‘exclusive’, albeit anonymous bond amidst man-made physical and political boundaries. The purchase of that one-of-a-kind shirt becomes at once exclusive and subversive in the context of the geographic location of the transaction: San Ysidro and Colonia Federal. Two thresholds, historically transient communities, passageways to new lives, experiences, hopes…” Guests at either of the two art spaces will be able to indulge in a visual art exhibit, featuring the collection of t-shirts created by the 20 artists. Because the concept for this exhibit involves creating bonds through commerce, the t-shirts will be sold in an experimental auction setting, simultaneously at both spaces that evening. Guests are encouraged to attend the exhibits on both sides of the border, but those that choose not to, will be able to experience the other show through live videoconferencing. Edibles, drinkables and musical beats will complete an already exquisite night! Admission is free and all are welcome! more info http://www.casafamiliar.org

About the FRONT
The FRONT is a part of Casa Familiar’s Arts & Culture Division that was conceived as a cultural think tank that would amplify the “neighborhood” of San Ysidro as a site of cultural production, while claiming this border region as a unique artistic laboratory. Since its opening, THE FRONT: A Collaborative of Arts, Cultural, Design & Urbanism, one of Casa Familiar’s art spaces, has enabled the production of new social and cultural relations bringing together arts and social programming, affordable housing and urban research at the border between San Diego and Tijuana. Casa Familiar is a Community Development and Social Service Agency. More info http://www.casafamiliar.org

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