Borderland Collective Explores the Geographic and Sociocultural Borders at Threewalls Gallery

Exhibition Announcements

March 18, 2016

Threewalls Gallery is proud to present the new collective exhibition titled Northern Triangle. In the time of refugee crisis and turmoil regarding the U.S./Mexico border, this Borderland Collective show inspires dialogue and cultural exchange between the Central American people and the U.S. Nowadays, when we hear outrageous statements from politicians (anybody said Trump?) about building walls along the U.S – Mexican border, this exhibition is the much-needed bridge between the two nations directed towards fixing the decades-long problems.

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Jason Reed - Drag Tires (for Cutting Sign), Presidio, Texas, 2013

Borderland Collective and the Community

The key element of this exhibition is community participation. Borderland Collection has collaborated with over 200 participants through education seminars and in-school residencies, as well as open space and gallery exhibitions all over the U.S. and Mexico, in Texas, Illinois, Brooklyn, Washington D.C. and Mexico City. As Erina Duganne said, behind Northern Triangle in Threewalls in Chicago lies the hope of bringing not only larger visibility to the systematic causes underlying the contemporaneous Central American migration crisis but also providing chances for community participation, dialogue and exchange around the difficulties of this humanitarian crisis. The collective spirit is the thing that will eventually fix the problems the world is facing today, whether they be in the USA and Mexico or the Middle East and Europe. Only by cultural exchange can we begin to mend the broken bonds that hold our society together.

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Science of Spying, 1965, NBC (U.S. National Archives)

Multiple Artists Fixing the Crisis

Borderland Collective is a social art project that makes the participatory investigation of geographic and sociocultural borderlines possible. Powered by collaborations between artists, educators, youth, and community members, this project utilizes art as a means to get involved in the complex issues and construct the space for diverse prospects, important dialogue, and manners of creation and reflection. Led by artists Jason Reed, Mark Menjivar and art historian Erina Duganne, Borderland Collective explores the depths of human interaction and geographic constraints bestowed upon the society. The installation consists of over 50 pieces of photography, video, works on paper, archival documents, maps, oral history, television monitors that will display documentary footage and a reading room. In addition to the works of Reed, Menjivar and Duganne, the exhibition includes pieces by Adriana Corral, Vincent Valdez, Ricky Yanas, as well as numerous historical documents from the Library of Congress, the National Archives, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, The South Texas Human Rights Center and the personal collections of Stacey Merkt and Jack Elder.

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Tethered Aerostat Radar System, Lajas, Puerto Rico, 2014 (U.S. Customs and Border Protection Archive)

Borderland Collective at Threewalls Chicago

The opening reception of the Borderland Collective Northern Triangle exhibition is scheduled for Friday, March 18th from 6 PM to 9 PM at Threewalls Gallery. You will have the opportunity to enjoy an array of Latin-inspired food and drinks. The show will be on view from March 18th to April 23rd, 2016 at Rational Park, 2557 West North Ave, Chicago. In addition to the exhibition, artist talk will be organized on Saturday, March 19th at 12 PM and it is free and open to the public.

All images courtesy of the gallery and Borderland Collective.

Featured images: 1. Left: ¡Reafimada nuestra democracia!, Newsprint Broadside, 1954 / Right: Newly Shot Banana Bud, Three Days Old, United Fruit Company, Unifruitco Magazine, 1948, Printed 2014 | 2. Mark Menjivar in collaboration with Israel - Cave Where Families Hid During Civil War, Santa Marta, El Salvador, 2011 | 3. Jason Reed - Timeline: US/Latin America Relations | 4-9 Installation of Northern Triangle Exhibition