A Peepshow Tracks the Shifting Border Between Mexico and the US

From July 28 to 30, Velaslavasay Panorama will host an exhibition of peepshow boxes displaying a 130-year photographic history of the US-Mexico border.

The Border (photo courtesy of Parkeology)

Erroneously considered by some to be simply a static, impenetrable barrier, the US-Mexico border is actually a site of cultural, commercial, and social exchange that has changed drastically over the course of its history. From July 28 to 30, the Velaslavasay Panorama — a movie theater-cum-art installation and event space — will be presenting A Border Peepshow, an exhibition of several peepshow boxes housing photographs of the San Diego/Tijuana border from 1887, 1927, 1967, and 2017.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Parkeology, a series of live events and web programs that explores the unknown histories of urban parks. Last month, the peepshows were featured in Parkeology’s Border Trolley Tours, public tours between Balboa Park and San Ysidro that recalled a much more fluid conception of the border, dating back to the Panama-California Exposition more than a century ago. The Panorama’s display will also feature audio recordings from the Border Trolley Tours including interviews with area residents and a biologist and naturalist who studies local flora and fauna, which will no doubt experience negative consequences if President Trump ever makes good on his threats of building an expanded and reinforced border wall. After this weekend, the boxes will travel to Berlin, the site of another highly contested border, for the exhibition Tunnel below/Skyjacking above: Deconstructing the Border at NGBK.

When: Friday, July 28 — Sunday, July 30; Noon–6pm daily ($6 suggested donation; $4 for students and seniors)
Where: Velaslavasay Panorama (1122 West 24th Street, University Park, Los Angeles)

More info here.

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