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Proyecto Civico / Civic Project

Proyecto Civico / Civic Project

Civic Project is one of two exhibitions that accompany the inauguration of El Cubo at the end of September 2008.

du 01 octobre 2008 au 28 février 2009

October 2008 – Februrary 2009
Centro Cultural Tijuana
El Cubo

Curated by Ruth Estévez
and Lucia Sanromán

Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, Francis Alÿs, Shoja Azari, Guy Ben-Ner, Andrea Bowers, Mircea Cantor, Raúl Cárdenas/Torolab, Fabián Cereijido, Sam Durant, Sergio de la Torre, Ingrid Hernández, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Bas Princen, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Javier Ramírez Limón, Daniel Ruanova, Yvonne Venegas, Nina Waisman.

Gabriel Acevedo Velarde
For all the people I won’t meet, 2006
Video transferred to DVD; 1 min
Courtesy of the artist and Galería OMR, Mexic


Proyecto cívico / Civic Project is one of two exhibitions that accompany the inauguration of El Cubo at the end of September 2008.The show investigates the concepts of civic responsibility and citizenship as they have been shaped by current political and social conditions; conditions that overtime have been marked by erasures, vacuums, evasions, and exceptions to the legal and cultural codes that have historically defined the basic rights of the individual.
The selection of work includes video, video installation, sculpture, painting, drawing and textile works by eighteen international and regional contemporary artists from Tijuana, Mexico City, Israel, Belgium, and the United States, among other cities. Using parody, simulation, appropriation and performance the works establish a point of departure to explore the complex relationship that exists between citizens and the diverse social and cultural systems that delimitate us.

Proyecto Cívico: Diálogos e Interrogantes
curated by Bill Kelley, Jr.
The Proyecto Cívico: Diálogos e Interrogantes (PCDI) shares the interests of the exhibition after which it is named Proyecto cívico/ Civic Project. The PCDI organizer Bill Kelley, Jr. has put together a working format in two phases where local groups, in and around Tijuana have considered the exhibition’s core themes and situated them in relation to their own cultural work. During phase one, seven distinct groups along with their collaborators and interlocutors, spent three months collectively researching their shared interests, using the exhibition’s curatorial framework as a starting point, and preparing the project for publication.

Insights were continually published online through group blog sites that became the basis for discussion, negotiation, and publication with seven online journals situated in different cities throughout the United States and Latin America during phase two.


Public programming events and publications will be presented during the exhibition’s stay at El Cubo.

Friday, December 5th. 6:00 p.m.
Guest speaker: Hector Villanueva
Screening: Todos los viernes son santos.

Presentation: Cine y Video en Tijuana
A research project about the working culture of video and representation.
Developed by Abraham Avila and Isaac Contreras in collaboration with Rafa Saavedra and Jesse Lerner.
7:00 PM

Saturday, December 6th. 6:00 p.m.
Presentation: Aprimotapiado
A research and exhibition project that collaboratively looks at the history of Rosarito.
Developed by Jennifer Donovan and Gabriela Torres Olivares in collaboration with Jen Hofer and Myriam Moscona.
5:00 PM

Presentation: El proyecto de la morras
A project that shares readings and conversations with women’s rehabilitation centers.
Developed by the collective La Línea in collaboration with Norma Iglesias, Roberto Castillo, Elsa Jirón, and Frente 3 de Fevereiro.
6:00 PM

Guest speaker: Victor Clark Alfaro
Director of the Binational Center for Human Rights in Tijuana and a lecturer in the Latin American Studies Department at San Diego State University
7:00 PM

Saturday, January 24th. 6:00 p.m.
Proyecto cívico / Civic Project exhibition catalogue presentation
Presentation: Cuerpo y Dialogo
A research and performance project that looks at the body and the city.
Developed by filmmaker Adriana Trujillo and dance group Lux Borreal.
Centro Cultural Tijuana
El Cubo
Paseo de los Héroes No. 9350
Zona Urbana Río C.P. 22010
Tijuana, Baja California, México

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