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The Art of the U.S.-Mexico Border in AQ's Latest Culture Issue

"Cultura" is a twice-yearly feature on music, art and literature in our hemisphere. In this edition: the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Omar Pimienta's "Lady Libertad" will be on display in this year's Pacific Standard Time arts initiative.
Courtesy of Pacific Standard Time

AQ is proud to offer the third installment of "Cultura," our in-depth look at art and culture in Latin America and the Caribbean. As part of our special issue on U.S.-Mexico relations, for this edition we keep our eyes trained on the border, and find that the space where the U.S. and Mexico meet is fertile ground for music, poetry, film, and everything in between.

Articles include a look at how Hollywood portrays – and at times does disservice to – the U.S.-Mexico relationship; two profiles of the surprising opera and classical music programs taking root on the border; two poems on our shared border identity; and a portfolio of work from the inSite art program. Enjoy.


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Trump's Border, As Seen on TV

Hollywood has a history of depicting the border in black and white. Here's why we need a few more shades of gray. Fernanda Solórzano on "Sicario," "Traffic," and FX's "The Bridge."
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Tijuana Is for (Opera) Lovers

Leave the stereotypes aside. Tijuana's annual Ópera en la Calle is a symbol of the city's rich and evolving cultural identity.
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Juárez-El Paso's Cross-border Harmony

Youth orchestras from El Paso and Juárez bring a classical musical collaboration to both sides of the U.S.-Mexico divide.
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Border Beat: Tijuana's Homegrown Electronic Sound

Pioneered in the 1990s, Nortec remains one of the most important features of Tijuana's musical landscape.
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Curating on the Divide

In five editions held at the Tijuana-San Diego border, inSite has supported more than 150 commissions by Mexican and international artists, using the divisive space to explore issues related to migration, labor, surveillance, nationalism and military intervention

Two Poems on Border Identity

Reflections on life at the U.S.-Mexico crossroads by two California poets, Abel Salas and Melissa Lozano.
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Any opinions expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect those of Americas Quarterly or its publishers.


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