Marco's talk will present Baja california/mexican border independent spaces. Marco's art practice crosses site based practice and media, sometimes utilizing journalistic device.

Open lecture/seminar-13th May- 1pm, house 28.
This visit is arranged through a collaboration between Space Projects + Amanda Newall.
Marco will also deliver four studio visits, to sign up for a studio visit please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Mexicali Rose / Border Art Scene

The name of the city itself connotes a mixture of the Mexican & California cultures, yet for years Mexicali artists have been involved in the creation and underground dissemination of a creative force all their own. Not as ubiquitous or prominent on the national or international circuit as its neighboring border-town macrocosmos, Tijuana, the artistic sensibility of Mexicali’s underground seems like a welcome breath of fresh reverence towards the anarchic. There is a sense of urgency and immediacy flowing through the veins of the fiery existence in the art underbelly of this particular border. Through scant resources and proud independence, the scene and its accompanying artists seemingly move around uninterrupted, not being entirely susceptible to any form of paralyzing intrusion. The city’s remote and arid landscape is twice removed from the spotlight which institutionally provides an inexplicable detachment from the streets, something the major metropolises seem to possess. Not entirely makeshift, the Mexicali art scene has seen a united and burgeoning development of do-it-yourself (d.i.y.) artist run spaces in its recent years. In a city, state, and nation where most of the cultural funding seems to be destined, as if by default, to bigger cities producing more sedate and reputedly polished work, the d.i.y. aesthetic and total liberty of curation find a home in these imperfect spaces and shows. Perhaps that is the reason unconventional artists seem to be flocking to this city more often; it seems more like a sanctuary of mischief than any sort of formal presentation, screening, or reception.

Marco Vera is the founder and director of Mexicali Rose Media/Arts Center, a grass roots communitarian organization dedicated to providing free access to artistic media for the community youth of Mexicali, Mexico. As a cultural promoter and journalist with Mexicali Rose, over the course of nearly 7 years, he has held a series of important cultural exchanges, most recently culminating in cities such as New York, Berlin, Munich and Washington, DC. These activities are organized based on necessities and interest for exchange latent on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and beyond. Vera is also a documentary/experimental filmmaker and musician.