April’s exhibition is from El Paso, Texas artist Xochitl Rodriguez. Grown Without Water is a collective video/oral history project that explores how the US/México border between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez marks and defines perseverance on a twenty-first-century border. Confronting tragedy and magic at once, the film, documenting and translating the stories of real women who are between the ages of twenty-eight and thirty-eight, provides an alternate lens through which to view border crossing, tragedy, and brown-skinned women.
Xochitl Rodriguez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. In 2009, she accepted an invitation from Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck as Bhutan’s first artist in residence. In 2011, Rodriguez moved to the middle of America to participate in the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project. She returned home to initiate the Caldo Collective, a non-profit organization. In 2016, she organized Boundless Across Borders—a womxn’s march on the border and Braiding Borders | Trenzando Fronteras. In 2018, Rodriguez and her daughter served as ambassadors for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation’s We Will Not Be Tamed Campaign. The artist also was awarded an Interchange grant, M-AAA’s program that supports artists working as change agents and connectors in the region.
Xochitl Rodriguez, Grown Without Water, 2020; video, Time: 10:00 minutes; Courtesy of the artist.
Briseida Ochoa (Brioch) is a visual artist, born in the region of El Paso, Texas, USA. border with Cd. Juárez, Chih., México. Brioch uses photography and printmaking as a means to new perspectives and realities with the help of cyanotype and anthotype techniques. Her work focuses on the idea of transcendence and the existence of visual poetic narrative through the human figure, landscapes, scenographic, installations, performances, and symbolism. Deploying the interaction of reality, with memories and the fusion of imagination. Her latest works are closely linked to the elements of abstraction, the process of cyanotype and anthotype.
Briseida “Brioch” Ochoa, Perspective VII, 2020; chlorophyll print on leaf, 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches; Courtesy of the artist.
Briseida “Brioch” Ochoa, Perspective III, 2020; chlorophyll print on leaf, 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches; Courtesy of the artist.
Briseida “Brioch” Ochoa, La Receta (The Recipe), 2020; cyanotype with beet juice extract, 25 x 44 inches; Courtesy of the artist and Ricardo Castro.
Briseida “Brioch” Ochoa, Pliegue de una Penumbra (Fold of a Penumbra), 2020; beet juice anthotype on BFK paper, 44 x 30 inches; Courtesy of the artist.
Briseida “Brioch” Ochoa, 12-Identity I, 2016 – 2017; glass, acetate sheet, inkjet print, gelatin with blood and beet juice, 4 x 4 inches each glass (12 glasses total); Courtesy of the artist.
Aldo Amparán is the author of Brother Sleep (Alice James Books, forthcoming 2022), winner of the 2020 Alice James Award. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts & CantoMundo. His work most recently appears in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, AGNI, Best New Poets, Ploughshares, & elsewhere. He lives in the border cities of El Paso, TX, & Ciudad Juárez, CHIH, Mexico.
Aldo Amparán, “Inheritance,” 2018.