inSite: Four essays about the concept of public in another scenario
Guest curator: Lucía Sanromán
Opened: March 29, 2014, noon

inSite, which began in 1992 as a bi-national project, organized five consecutive public art editions, commissioning site-specific works for the border region of Tijuana, Baja California and San Diego, California. inSite participated in the development of artistic and curatorial processes in contemporary art by expanding the notions of site-specific and public art beyond the physical or geographical structures of a given place, and to direct them towards co-production and participative events and temporary processes.

inSite: Four essays on the concept of public in another scenario, curated by Lucía Sanromán at la Tallera, is a retrospective account and an analysis of artistic curatorial strategies in: 1994, 1997, 2000–2001 and 2005. This was illustrated with 18 artworks selected and exhibited at La Tallera, Cuernavaca. Due to the performatic nature of its structure, this exhibit uses metaphors to explore nature and time in a new context: the City of Cuernavaca and its socio-urban problems that exemplify public life in Mexico today.

Participating artists:

Eduardo Abaroa, Carlos Aguirre, Allora & Calzadilla, Francis Alÿs, Carlos Amorales, Mauricio Dias and Walter Riedweg, Andrea Fraser, Anya Gallaccio, Silvia Gruner, Janet Koenig and Gregory Sholette, Íñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Allan McCollum, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Allan Sekula, Javier Téllez, Althea Thauberger, Judi Werthein, Krzysztof Wodiczko

Lucía Sanromán, freelance curator, lives and works in Mexico City and San Diego, CA. Her research process is focused on social practices and on exploring art and its relations with other disciplines. She was associate curator at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego from 2006 to 2011, where she staged numerous exhibits. She was also a lecturer at the 2012 SITAC: estar-los-unos-con-los-otros (SITAC: to-be- one-with-the-others) in Mexico City. Sanromán was granted the 2012 Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellowship for Citizen Culture: Art and Architecture Shape Policy (research and exhibit), organized by the Santa Monica Museum of Art that opened in September 2014. In July 2014, with Candice Hopkins, Irene Hofmann and Janet Dees, she presented SITElines 2014: Unsettled Landscapes, the Santa Fe Biennial in New Mexico.

Press image:

Javier Téllez, Bala perdida (One flew over the Void), 2005, Mono-channel video projection, 11:30 min., color, sound, 4:3, NTSC. Courtesy of the artist and of Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich