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

Coming soon to the Mexican Cultural Institute


El vuelo y su semilla is an exhibition of works by renowned Mexican artist Bestabeé 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
Coming soon
Free Admission

February 24, 2017, 6:00pm at Upshur Street Books


The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute, and Upshur Street Books present Juan Pablo Villalobos! Don't miss a reading and discussion of "I'll Sell You a Dog," the most recent book in English by the celebrated Mexican novelist.

Juan Pablo Villalobos' first novel, Down the Rabbit Hole, was the first translation to be shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award (in 2011). He writes regularly for publications including Granta and translated Rodrigo de Souza Leão's novel All Dogs are Blue (also published by And Other Stories) into Spanish. In 2016 he was awarded the 34th Premio Herralde de Novela for his book "No voy a pedirle a nadie que me crea." His work has been translated into fifteen languages. He lives in Barcelona and has two children.

827 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011
February 24, 6:00pm
Free Admission