I took my trip to downtown and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego about one and a half week ago, because it was the third thursday of the month and it was suppose to be free for people over 25. Being 27 years old I had to take advantage since I’m a international student and not allow to work here my budget is very tight. Of course when I got there at 2pm they tell me the free entrance for 25+ starts at 5pm, the time they usually close… yes super confusing I know, and having to pay kind of threw me of my mood.
Anyway, having read the article assigned for this visit I was prepared to see this exhibition “DeLIMITations: A Survey of the 1821 United States-Mexico Border”. An instillation containing 47 obelisks monuments set up on the 1821 border between the U.S and Mexico with photographs and video documentation along the way created by artist Marcos Ramirez (also known as ERRE) and photographer David Taylor.
Understanding their background and their relationship with the international border it make sense that they want to create something that teaches us something about history, parts which gets left out in our ordinary history textbooks. Little did I, a girl from Sweden, know that the border once crossed through states like Colorado, Utah and Oklahoma. Even worse is to understand that most americans didn’t even know that. Especially now that all this wall building has been a hot topic, and who is an immigrant and who isn’t. Its ridiculous and wouldn’t it all be so much easier if we just ignored the borders completely, like hey were all cool, we belong to the human race and whats mine is yours?
No? Just me who likes that idea?
I like that they documented the trip (there was a picture of each obelisk on the wall at MCASD) and the work process of it, it made me feel more included in the project. Driving around in a van and sending the messages that ERRE thought was missing from the textbooks – the old border, the forever that only lasted 27 years. Their dedication and determination, setting up these obelisks some on places without permission is inspiring, and I’m always fond of people who stay dedicated, who manage to not give up and sometimes breaks the rules. The borders we have doesn’t only determine which side you “belong” to, but also limit us from opportunities we could have had, if we had only been born on the “right” side. This topic was important for the artists as well, for the labor workers that is being legally able to work in the states still doesn’t feel the sense of belonging to this country.. because it will always be a division between us and them. I find it sad that it is so hard to change where you want to live.. we should all be able to cross any borders because after all it’s just invisible lines that creates division, jealousy and hate. We all belong to earth, no matter how south, east, north or west it goes.