DAY 2 PANEL information
Bi-National Artist Organizations + Artists
The economic recession of 2007-2009, coupled with increasing crime, caused a complete drying up of tourism in Tijuana. Many tourist-centric shops permanently closed their doors. The pain was acute in Tijuana, but out of this struggle a new internal blossom began to develop. Artists took over those abandoned shops and started an art scene that has now spread across the border into San Diego and beyond.
Moderated by Mely Barragan
As borders harden between nations with economic, social and ideological imbalances, Tijuana uncovers a city in constant reinvention. Away from a centralized nation and deeply influenced by its neighbor, California, the 5th largest economy of the world, Tijuana settles at this imbalance opportunistically and manages to build a future, with an air of optimism, forms to coexist and reinvent life at the border.
Moderated by Adriana Cuéllar , CRO Studio
José Antonio Díaz, Provive
Nora Marquez, Architect / Urban Planner
Oscar Romo, Architect / Radio Host / Artist
This open-air panel examines the pressures placed on the citizens of adjacent countries when a physical barrier separates them. By its very nature a zone of enforcement causes extreme stresses on citizens. There are additional and quantifiable stresses placed upon our natural resources as well - rivers and watersheds are interrupted, and harmony between allies is impacted. It is within this context that we discuss the need for regional unity and propose a bi-national park to remind citizens of both countries that our friendship is invaluable.
Moderated by John Fanestil
Paulina Olvera Canez, Espacio Migrante
Maria Teresa Fernandez
Paulina Olvera Cáñez