Johnson Fellow (Public Art) Presentation: Tanya Aguiñiga

Thursday, June 14, 9:40 am - 10:00 am

Inaugural Johnson Fellow public artist Tanya Aguiñiga discusses her work and why art in the public is an important component of our country and communities.

 

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Presenters
TANYA AGUIÑIGA
2018 Johnson Fellow
Americans for the Arts
Los Angeles, California

Recipient of the 2018 Fellowship is Los Angeles-based artist, Tanya Aguiñiga. Tanya’s work helps others understand the lived experience of the contested US-Mexico border, drawing from her own experience as U.S. born but growing up in Tijuana and crossing the border daily to go to school in the U.S.  Her participation in AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides) demonstrates her interests in the power of community and identity.  AMBOS is a series of artists’ projects implemented in August 2017 created to “recontextualize borders and generate a localized hub for international collaboration.” Tanya recorded the experiences of those traveling across the border to the north every day through the use of a quipu, the Andean Pre-Columbian organizational system.  Commuters on the Mexican side were given two strands of thread and asked to anonymously tie them into a knot.  ‘The strands represent the US and Mexico’s relationship to one another.  Each knot was tied to other knots.  The cumulative daily bundled knots were then organized into a large-scale quipu artwork and displayed on a billboard above the AMBOS storefront hub.