Dear Aliens, We Are Ready is an adventurous multi-modality show and a laboratory which offers a catalogue of possible practices to take us into deep space, far beyond our pandemic, isolated selves, while pointing towards new ways to engage with sites, non-sites, the digital and the global.
The project starts from Tecate, that - with its holy mountain, Cuchumá - is a spiritual adjunct and a portal to Tijuana's stern, fluid, industrious locality. From these lands, in the current atmosphere of crisis, due to a heightened distrust in human affairs, nature has beamed a rescue signal to the Outer Space hoping that aliens can come to Earth and fix things. The artists involved in the project employ a mix of paradoxical investigation and sober surrealism in order to establish links of communication between living creatures, inanimate beings, and extraterrestrials in the big void.
Out of metaphor, the project explores the limitation of international understanding that can be reinforced through distance. In particular, it opens a dialogue between a yet unexplored border comparison: Mexico and post-Brexit UK. Contemporary visual art practices based either in Baja California, Europe and UK are brought into a geopolitical framework that defines dichotomic relations deeply ingrained into dynamics of power. The idea of distance, alienation and virtuality is applied to unmask the dialectical and ideological agenda for competition and hegemony that is leading to a dramatic amplification of the cliché of national identity, paranoia for safety narratives and polarising inequalities.
Monica Arreola, Alejandro Zacarias, David Cotterrell, Ryan Gander, Mariel Miranda, Irma Sofía Poeter, Gro Sarauw
Friday 9th April 9.30am – 1pm
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Galería de la Ciudad, Instituto de Cultura de Baja California
Pte. Ortíz Rubio s/n esq. Callejón Libertad, CP 21400, Tecate, Baja California
Tel.: (665) 654 14 83
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Tue-Wed, Fri-Sat: 10.00-18.00 / Thu: 10.00-22.00 / Sun: 11.00-18.00; Closed Mon
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