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La Frontera


January 27
August 4

The exhibition, La Frontera, explores the complexity of the U.S.–Mexico border as a physical reality, geopolitical construction, and state of being through the medium of jewelry – an object repeatedly used for communication throughout human history. Worn to visibly adorn the body, jewelry is inherently performative. As personal tokens, these objects are suggestive of often unknown aspects of the person who wears them. This interplay between the external appearance and internal significance allows us to consider the surface of the body as a border, making it uniquely intimate. In this exhibition jewelry becomes a personal platform to explore themes such as home, migration, landscape, and identity. La Frontera features over 85 works from contemporary jewelry artists from diverse backgrounds, including 24 artists who were born, raised, live, or work along the U.S.–Mexico border region.

Mingei International Museum
Balboa Park
1439 El Prado
San Diego CA 92101