January 26 - May 13 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Bordes/Borders is a contemporary video exhibit curated by Othón Castañeda featuring nine short films with borders as their main concept. The works were among a number of films submitted by international artists to the Bienal de las Fronteras, an artistic initiative that offers a platform to emerging artists of diverse backgrounds.

The selection exhibited at the MCI questions the boundaries of the biennial itself, including participating artists that establish an alternative view of the border, this time 'from the inside out'. These pieces pursue a collective effort to establish a visual dialogue between three spheres of production and their key players: the region, the nation, and the world. Participating artists include Florencia Levy (Argentina), Heliodoro Santos (Mexico), Emilio Chapela (Mexico), Bruno Goosse (Belgium), Miguel Ángel Ortega (Mexico), Carlos Ruiz-Valarino (Puerto Rico), Tania Ximena Ruiz Santos (Mexico), Cristiana De Marchi (Italy) and Maya Yadid (Israel).

The January 26 opening will feature a talk by curator Othón Castañeda at 6:45pm, RSVP here.

Banner: Emilio Chapela Pérez, Matamoros-Tijuana, 2014, Video-screening, 15 min.
Above: Florencia Levy, Landscape for one person, 2014, single-channel digital video, 8:16 min.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
January 26 - May 13, 2017

March 2 - May 20, 2017 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


El vuelo y su semilla is an exhibition of works by renowned Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero (Mexico City, 1963). Comprised of installation pieces, the exhibit reflects on the identity and culture that Mexican immigrants carry with them. Romero's works explore these phenomena through symbolic objects, like papel picado and tires, and culinary components, like bread and corn. Her work underscores the role that eating and cooking play in the formation and transformation of Mexican identity. The result is a body of work that places Mexican culture as a fundamental part of the migrant journey from Mexico to the US.

Betsabeé Romero lives and works in Mexico City. For over 15 years her work has developed a critical discourse on issues such as migration, miscegenation and mobility through resemantization of symbols, and everyday rituals of the culture of global consumption. She has had more than 40 solo exhibitions in Mexico, the United States, Europe, and beyond and has participated in numerous residencies and international exhibitions.

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 2 - May 20, 2017
Free Admission