What if Yo Were You & Tu Fueras I?: the Arts respond to the Border

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, May 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

UCLA’s Arts Library is likely not the first place that comes to mind when looking for resources about the political and cultural climate surrounding the US-Mexico border. As a participating site for this year’s 2018-19 Common Book, Francisco Cantú’s The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, books from the Arts Library have been gathered to illustrate creative responses to issues surrounding the border region. A selection of books from the Arts Library’s collection exemplify creative practices that deal with themes from Cantú’s memoir. Issues of migration, binational politics, transculturalism, economic inequity, and human compassion have been explored at length in visual and performing art, film, and design. The resulting projects, which are documented and made manifest in the books on view in this exhibit presented by the Arts Library, provide aesthetic perspectives that speak to the politics and culture of a contested region.

David Taylor, Border Monument No. 239 Near Campo, California, from the series Monuments: 276 Views of the United States–Mexico Border, 2007–15, inkjet print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund.

A booklist from the exhibit is available here.

Organized by Megan Sallabedra (UCLA MLIS '19)


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