Sustainable Practices on the US–Mexico Border: inSITE_05, Intervention, and Precarious Communities
In 2005, the fifth and final iteration of inSITE took place. inSITE_05 included a number of social practice works, including Mark Bradford’s Maleteros, a project that helped the unofficial porters brand themselves, SIMPARCH’s Dirty Water Initiative, a ‘fountain’ that recycled dirty water, and Judy Werthein’s Brinco, border crossing shoes that were given to workers trying to cross the border. In this chapter, I propose to return to these interventions in order to understand how a past art event might continue to engage with the needs of the community long after the art tourists have gone home and the organization has closed up shop. Questions that I will address in this chapter include what was and what was not at stake in these projects? How were they situated in relationship to the ongoing activist work that had taken place in that area, including the creation of Chicano Park under the five interstate and the agitprop performances of the Border Arts Workshop? And finally, how can these projects be read today in the wake of global popular uprising and anti-capitalist sentiments?
KeywordsinSITE_05 Osvaldo Sánchez SIMPARCH Mark Bradford Judy Werthein US–Mexico border
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