JUNTXS: a border arts Symposium



Latino Cultural Center | Dallas, TX

Jan 19 - Mar 24, 2018



Fri. Jan 19, 6-8pm


Tierra Firme | Analise Minjarez + Sarita Westrup

Teresita de la Torre, Caitlin Diaz, Zeke Pena, Mustang Jane, Kill Joy, & Mazatl


Tierra Firme Is honored to present JUNTXS, at the Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak St, Dallas, TX 75204). The show opens on January 19 and runs through March 24, with an opening reception on Friday, Jan 19,  6.00 – 8.00 p.m.  

JUNTXS: A Border Arts Symposium invites new approaches to considering the politicized yet liminal space of the borderlands through the use of film, comics, printmaking, and textiles. Artists Analise Minjarez & Sarita Westrup of Tierra Firme headline the exhibition using craft media and installation art to create portraits about their home on the TXMX border. JUNTXS also includes contemporary artworks by Teresita de la Torre (Tustin, CA), Caitlin Diaz (Los Angeles, CA), Mustang Jane (Juarez, MX), Zeke Pena (El Paso, TX), Killy Joy & Mazatl (Mexico DF). Join us March 24, 2018 for drop-in art activities, closing reception, and artist talk.




Tierra Firme (@tierrafirmetx) is the project-based collaboration of Analise Minjarez & Sarita Westrup. These daughters of the border region also pursue individual artist practices grounded in Fibers + Sculpture. Tierra Firme speaks to their identity as women born and raised on the border of Texas & Mexico. Their project-based installation explores issues of duality, authenticity, cultural geography, and migration. Through creating artworks that respond to the physical landscape of the region, Tierra Firme reflects on the bicultural aesthetics of their border home. Together they provide two perspectives from either end of the Texas-Mexico border region (Minjarez from El Paso and Westrup from McAllen), emphasizing the idea of collective cultural identity.



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Teresita de la Torre (@teresita_dltgrew up experiencing the US/Mexico border in Laredo, Texas. Words like el norte, el otro lado, and la migra formed part of her everyday lexicon. She witnessed, firsthand, the separation of friends, family, and loved ones–while personally dealing with an internal identity crisis (or more commonly known as the Chicanx matra, of “Ni de aquí, Ni de allá.”) Her experience on the border fueled her passion to investigate immigration issues and led her to explore questions of race, identity, and gender. She  expresses her findings, thoughts, and reactions in drawing, performance, photography, among other medias.




Caitlin Díaz (@shinykid)  is an artist, filmmaker, colorist and archivist from the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California where she works as a film editor and colorist. Her films explore the human psyche and the processes that surround individual experience. Memory (both real and imagined), land (borders) and female intuition are running themes throughout her work. By combining analog, digital and direct filmmaking techniques, her filmic language celebrates the past while pushing the technical and theoretical boundaries of the present.




Zeke Peña (@zpvisual)  is a cartoonist, an illustrator, and a painter. He was born in southern New Mexico and grew up on the US–Mexico border in El Paso, TX. He received a degree in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and is self-taught in the studio. Peñas interdisciplinary work about the U.S>/Mexico border community explores universal themes by remixing contemporary and historical narratives. He portrays stories and people from his community to explore issues about migration, transnational culture and border politics. 




Mustang Jane (@mustangjanestudied graphic design at the Universidad Autónoma in Guadalajara. Her work investigates the textile object as a social metaphor. Her use of recycled women's clothing, plastics, electro-sensitive material and thread reflects on the phenomenon of gender violence found in her hometown of Juarez, MX . Many of her works take form as sculpture and urban interventions that help create a dialogue within the community and inspire new forms of consciences around gender violence. 



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Kill Joy's (@killchoy) work is grounded in honoring the earth and environmental justice. Her work is an interpretation of world mythology and a study of ancient symbols. 

Mazatl (@_mazatli_part takes in several collectives seeking social/political/environmental justice; his art is inspired by the work individuals and collectives do to shake off the noose around our necks.



Orbital Migration: THANK YOU

Special thank you to curator Alison Starr and all the Mountain View College Cliff Gallery! The MVC community and gallery space was crucial to the growth of our studio practice in 2017. Below are some images from install and the closing reception!