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La Frontera .\ Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas El Paso & the Centro Cultural de las Fronteras at Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez
August 31 - December 15, 2023
El PASO, TEXAS - Sondra Sherman will be exhibiting four new works from her Upside Down in Paradise series in La Frontera, an exhibition exploring the U.S.– Mexico border and what it represents as a physical reality, geopolitical construction, and condition of being. Presented on both sides of the border, the exhibition traverses El Paso and Ciudad Juárez at the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas El Paso and the Centro Cultural de las Fronteras at Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez.
"The works I have made for La Frontera add to the series Upside Down in Paradise, which explores the natural and cultural landscape of Southern California, expressing the poetic paradoxes found in the day-to-day of ‘California Dreamin,” writes Sherman."I have only lived on the US/Mexico border for 16 years. I was relieved to move to a place within a short driving distance of another country but naive about what it meant to live on a border fraught with the inherent contradictions and less-than-poetic socio-economic disparities between San Diego and its Mexican border towns. And yet, every day as a teacher and friend, sometimes as an uneasy tourist/neighbor, I am moved and inspired by the richness of humanity made palpable living on the border.”
Working in contemporary jewelry, the artists included present stories of geography, identity, and desire, creating profound relationships between the concept and the implied wearer.
In 2024, the exhibition will travel to San Diego and Tijuana in collaboration with the Mingei International Museum and the Centro Cultural Tijuana. Speaking to the border instead of about it, La Frontera signals the deep connection between border life and the body: here, you will find stories that are worn.
SONDRA SHERMAN .\ Hotel Paraiso, (Brooch), 2023. Digital Print on Aluminum, Steel, Silver