Lineas: New Modes of Contemporary Urbanism, recent work by Tanya Aguiniga and Teddy Cruz

MACLA
August 25 –  October 16, 2010
www.maclaarte.org

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday & Thursday, noon —7pm
Friday & Saturday, noon—5pm
Admission Free


 
 
Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Photo Credit: David San Miguel

Photo Credit: David San Miguel

Image courtesy of Estudio Teddy Cruz.

Image courtesy of Estudio Teddy Cruz.


Tanya Aguiniga is a Los Angeles based furniture designer/maker raised in Tijuana, Mexico. Tanya’s work is informed by border experiences: the interconnectedness of societies, the beauty in struggle and the celebration of culture. Working as a catalyst for social change through the creation of craft. Tanya will spend a month in Chiapas working with craftspeople to collaborate on creating new functional art pieces which would help sustain traditions and provide economic support to the families/communities involved with the project. Lineas will highlight the process and stories that come from the experience along with the completed work. MACLA will commission Tanya to create a new large-scale work in response to the new techniques and experiences developed in Chiapas.

For more than a decade, Teddy Cruz has been investigating critical issues of housing and urbanism that emerge from the observation of the many communities that flank the US-Mexico border. The research of studio Teddy Cruz engages different geographies of conflict, from the global border—the “political equator,” dividing hemispheres between societies characterized by over-production and excess from those of scarcity and poverty – to the border region as a geographical locale, and to specific border neighborhoods on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego checkpoint. This has led to a primary focus on the micro scale for the neighborhood, proposing it as the urban laboratory of our time.

Teddy Cruz will present, From the Global Border to the Border Neighborhood a visual narrative animation focused on specific housing projects on both sides of the border. In San Diego, working with Casa Familiar, this has produced the re-thinking of housing beyond “an amount of units per acre,” proposing instead a new model of affordability by recuperating the hidden economic programs for the neighborhood. In Tijuana, it has been important to rethink the meaning of housing by proposing collaboration across existing recycling dynamics in informal communities, maquiladora factories, emergency housing, and the politics of labor and social activism.