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Kerry Doyle

in El Paso

Borders Visualized

PRESENTED ON OCT 10, 2015
IN EL PASO @ VOL 11

“The border is a very difficult place to describe. Anything I say about it, I'll also say the exact opposite about it.”

In Borders Visualized from PechaKucha Night El Paso’s 11th Volume, speaker Kerry Doyle presents the mission of the Rubin Center for Visual Arts at UTEP with a selection of work from exhibitions over the first 10 years.  Borders are meant to divide. As border tensions rise, artists –both performance and visual– have been creating works to represent the relationship between the bordering cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. The Rubin Center now has a decade’s worth of stories to show and tell.

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Hyper modernism

BY HERIBERTO IBARRA
@ VOL 11 ON OCT 10, 2015

Hypermodernism thru the eyes of a binational photographer. Two countries, three states, two cities merged into one persona. Traveling thru countries is an everyday thing when living in a diverse border town full of color, flavor and a distinctive separation; photographing it becomes necessary to capture as much as possible to bring the hypermodernism of ones eye.

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Building Bridges, Not Walls at the US - Mexico Border

BY WILLIAM HELM
@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

"We hope whoever becomes president builds more bridges instead of walls [because] we are sister cities, divided only by the river."

In Building Bridges, Not Walls at the US - Mexico Border from PKN Tokyo Vol 134, PechaKucha Night El Paso City Organizers (and acclaimed architects) William Helm and Edgar Lopez describe the symbiotic relationship of the sister cities of El Paso and Juarez. The residents of the two cities activate a third space of the US/Mexico border, called "Pass of the North"  which produces a rich milieu of creativity, art and culture. In this place which was historically known as "Paso del Norte" along the Spanish road from Mexico City to Santa Fe, the two cities have come together to use the PechaKucha conversation to bridge across the border. 20 x 20 x 2 cities = building bridges not walls.

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The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project

BY PETER SVARZBEIN
@ VOL 13 ON JUN 23, 2016

"These were vehicles of economic mobility."

In The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project from PechaKucha Night El Paso Vol. 13, Peter Svarzbien shares his project to get El Paso's trolleys running again as they did in their heyday. Svarzbien is a photographer, artist and now city Councilman of El Paso. He once imagined the historic streetcars returning to the streets of El Paso again with his MFA masters thesis "The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project." Several years later, this project no longer resides only in our imaginations as the first tracks are now being laid in the streets of El Paso for the new streetcar line. With El Paso's first streetcar line in many years now under construction Peter is not content to stop here, but is now gathering political support to push for the restoration of trolley service over the international bridge - reconnecting Juarez and El Paso's fabled international streetcar service. Peter's presentation inspires us to consider how art can operate on a grand city scale to improve our quality of life. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016. 

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Artist Portraits by El Minino

BY JORGE CUEVAS
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

Juarez photographer El Minino shares his recent portrait project documenting practisiing artists throughout Juarez.  El Minimo almost exclusively captures his images on film which requires him to slow down and conneect with his subjects as he shoots.

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The Spirit of the Border seen through Collective Weddings

BY JOSE MIRALES REYES
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

Juarez based phtotographer Jose Mirales Reyes presents a touching photographic project in which he aims to capture the spirit of the border through portraits of couples who get married in collective weddings.

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Life as we know it: a project of Vision del Norte

BY REBECCA WILSON
IN EL PASO

Vision del Norte is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to make photography accessible to under-resourced communities along the border region in Mexico. In June, they partnered with Hoger de Niños Emmanuel, a children’s home in Juarez, putting on a workshop for some of the kids there. The presentation is about this project, including some images that the children captured. Rebecca Wilson shares.

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Violence, Gender and Identity

BY ALEJANDRA ARAGON
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

Visual artist, filmmaker and photographer Alejandra Aragon explores the relationship between violence, gender and identity through her work.  Based in Juarez, Mexico, Alejandra's exploration of gender through her photography begins with a series of autobiographic work before revealing the exploitation of women and victims of femicide in the border region.

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Urban Interventions on the Border

BY ANS BORDER GALLERY
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

Evelyn Oz presents the work of ANS Border Gallery, a group of urban artists from Ciudad Juarez making artistic interventions in the fabric of their border city.

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Mapping the Borders – Charting Change

BY INGE PANNEELS
@ VOL 5 ON NOV 18, 2017

Inge Panneels gives an overview of artists who ‘map the borders’.