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CafeLitt 176: TIJUANA; Cultural Landscape and Urban Creativity of the Busiest Boarder Region in the World

Thu 8 Jul 2010, 19:00, by Ayda Melika, at Bistro Burritoville:3rd floor, 2055 Rue Bishop, Montreal,QC (Map)
We're a Third World country and then we are close to the richest city from the richest state from the richest country in the world. I mean that has to put you in perspective."
Raul Cardenas ; Tijuana Architect and Artist

In this session we will look at the artistic expressions, architectural trends and cultural landscape of the border region in North-western Mexico as manifestation of a cultural renaissance in the city of Tijuana. We will begin by discussing historical transformations of this area in relation to the United States-Mexico border, and then examine the recent modifications of Tijuana. Finally, we will look in detail at 'La Casa del Tunel: Art Center' in the border neighbourhood of Colonia Federal, analyzing its momentous conversions and its recent employ of art to simultaneously protest against stereotypes of the border and celebrate various potentials of this dynamic space.

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CaféLitt is not a place; it is a gathering of minds. We are a group of mostly Persian young students, scholars and professionals who gather every Thursday evening around 19h00 in a café to discuss various subjects and share different ideas, ranging vastly from history to science, from literature to fine arts. We started these gatherings on Jan 18th, 2007. Each week, one of us takes the responsibility of presenting a topic (in Persian, English or French) for about an hour in a subject s/he is intimately familiar with or has an expertise in. Afterwards, the evening turns into a discussion forum and all members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask their question(s) and share their points of view.
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