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Exhibit At Oceanside Museum Of Art Focuses On Border Issues

Credit: Courtesy Photo

Above: "Lady Libertad VI" by Omar Pimienta.

Exhibit At Oceanside Museum Of Art Focuses On Border Issues

GUESTS:

Alessandra Moctezuma, curator, UnDocumenta

Omar Pimienta, artist, UnDocumenta

Transcript

UnDocumenta, an exhibit at the Oceanside Museum of Art, is focused on border art and border issues.

It is part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, which aims to display Latin American and Latino art across Southern California.

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President Trump has put a spotlight on the issue of immigration. Alessandra Moctezuma, the curator of the exhibit, said she hopes the exhibit creates a counter narrative.

"I was trying to counter this argument about building walls, and also the other thing is it's titled UnDocumenta because it points us to the plight of the undocumented, people who sacrifice everything to cross the border," Moctezuma said. "I also want this exhibit to show migrants as human beings and ... as people who are contributing to our society, as opposed to the criminalization of migrants, or of Mexicans or the idea of banning people from coming."

Photo credit: Courtesy Photo

Claudia Cano as her alter ego, Rosa Hernandez, at Friendship Park at the San Diego-Tijuana border, June 14, 2013.

Moctezuma aimed to include in the exhibit artists who bring their art outside of museums and galleries.

One such artist is Claudia Cano who created the alter ego of Rosa Hernandez, a cleaning lady who cleans public spaces, such as the Oceanside Pier or the area near the border wall.

"I was interested in that interaction of her in this public arena and people realizing the contribution of immigrants who are kind of an invisible part of our economy," Moctezuma said.

As part of the exhibit, artist Omar Pimienta sets up a consulate in the museum and gives participants a passport to his community in Tijuana in exchange for their expired passport.

"The whole idea is for people to question maybe the absurdity of bureaucratic processes or how nations are in themselves conceptual projects," Pimienta said.

UnDocumenta runs through January at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

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