On view through January 28, 2017
The Embassy of Mexico in the United States announces the opening of its latest exhibit, DELIMITATIONS, a documentation of the 2,400-mile-long, site-specific installation by artists Marcos Ramírez ERRE and David Taylor that traces the border that existed between Mexico and the United States in 1821. That boundary was never surveyed and record of its brief, 27-year history exists solely in the form of treaty documents and antique maps. When the project was conceived, the artists’ goal was to mark the historic boundary with a series of 47 obelisks that mimicked markers installed along the contemporary border between Mexico and the U.S.
In July of 2014 the artists successfully completed their project across a vast landscape that encompasses the 2.1 million square kilometers of territory ceded to the United States in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo following the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). The installation began on the Pacific coast near Brookings, Oregon, and runs all the way to the mouth of the Sabine River near Port Arthur, Texas, crossing many cities and towns along the way in California, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas.
The work of Ramírez ERRE and Taylor questions the immutability and permanence of borders at a time when territorial claims are disputed throughout the world. By making the original border visible they acknowledge the territory that Mexico lost and make a statement about the present. Not to contest the current boundary but to prompt a recognition that the United States and Mexico have a shared history and common interests.
The opening will take place at the Mexican Cultural Institute (MCI) on September 28, 2016 at 6:45 pm, and will feature a discussion with the artists. DELIMITATIONS will be on display through January 28, 2017. This exhibit was organized in conjunction with the Goethe-Institut, whose related exhibit entitled 2,000 Miles: Divided Land, Common Humanity showcases works by artists Stefan Falke and Daniel Schwarz, including multimedia narratives and satellite imagery of the Mexico-U.S. border.
- Monday – Friday: 10am to 6pm
- Saturday: 12pm to 4pm
The Embassy of Mexico’s Cultural Institute is located at 2829 16th St. NW. For more information, visit http://www.instituteofmexicodc.org/exhibits.php.