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In conjunction with FotoFest 1998, DiverseWorks is pleased to announce an exhibition of street photographers working in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Their work presents an eye-opening view of life in Juárez, a city uniquely situated at the confluence of powerful social and economic forces found on the border between Mexico and the United States. The exhibition will feature more than 50 color prints by Javiar Aguilar, Jaime Bailleres, Julián Cardona, Gabriel Cardona, Alfredo Carrillo, Ramiro Escobar, Raúl Lodoza, Jaime Murrieta, Miguel Perea, Margarita Reyes, Ernesto Rodríguez, Manuel Sáenz, Lucio Soria Espino, Aurelio Suárez Nuñez, Luis Torrez, and Carlos Vigueras. Most of the featured artists are staff photographers for Diario de Juárez, the city’s leading daily newspaper.

The photographs in the exhibition tell a disturbing story, one of everyday tensions within this border city. Other photographs offer surprising insight into the nature of survival in this economic frontier town. With a thirty-year history of economic exploitation and unregulated growth, the Juárez/El Paso community is a model of what the world is racing to become a world in which powerful industrial states transform the cultural landscape of other nations they tap for cheap labor. The uncompromising work of these governments and economists are often masked by statistics and rhetoric.

On View:

Saturday, February 28 thru
Saturday, April 11, 1998

Opening Reception:

Friday, February 27, 1998, 7-9 pm


1117 E. Freeway
Houston, TX  77002


DiverseWorks will publish a catalogue in conjunction with the exhibition with a statement by exhibition curator William Tuman. The show will be accompanied by a hardcover book Juárez: Laboratory of the Future, (144 pages, 100 color prints) publish by Aperture, with preface by Noam Chomsky, essay by Charles Bowden, and afterword by Eduardo Galeano.

Thursday, March 12, 1998
U of H Downtown
Panel Discussion on Border Issues
Moderated by Sissy Farenthold examines the realities of life in the El Paso/Juárez region. This border community illustrates what the world may increasingly resemble under the new global economy. DiverseWorks, FotoFest, the Drug Forum of Texas, and the American Friends Service Committee have assembled a group of panelists, including an artist from the exhibition, gather to discuss U.S./Mexico drug policy, free trade, immigration, and the everyday evidence of the serious consequences of our actions on a community. 


Stories About Us: Photographs from Juárez was made possible in part by the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Grant for the Diverse Dialogues programming initiative, and Tim Maher.

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Curated by William Tuman