Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1972, Cristina Ibarra moved with her parents at a very young age to the border area between El Paso, Texas, and the city of Juárez in Mexico.

She began producing work shortly after graduating from the University of Texas, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Radio, Television, and Film in 1997. Her first work was a short film entitled Dirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela, an ode to the sexual awakening of a teenage Chicana. This work earned her the distinction of being a Rockefeller Media Fellow in 2003. In 2005, she graduated from the UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program in Los Angeles.

She became a film producer in New York and contributed to the founding of the collective, which has generated a variety of satirical social protects for the Internet, among the more noteworthy endeavors are Latino Plastic Cover, Lupe from the Block, and Amnezac. As an independent producer she made the short film Grandma’s Hip Hop for Latino Public Broadcasting; Wheels of Change, a short for the New York International Latino Film Festival; and, in collaboration with John Valadez, she produced the documentary film The Last Conquistador for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Currently, she is working on the production of Las Marthas, a documentary for PBS about a social ritual that is unique to El Paso, and she is also directing and producing her first full-length film, Love & Monster Trucks, a story about the courage of a Chicana artist who left behind the ideal of the “American Dream” that her family had when they emigrated to the United States.

Ibarra has received numerous distinctions: Creative Capital Fellow, 2005; New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, 2001; artist in residency at the Djerassi Artists Program, 2009; artist in residency at Mountain Center, 2007. She has been distinguished by the Latino Producer’s Academy and CBS/PBS Producer’s Academy.

Cristina Ibarra lives and works in New York.

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The artist was born in Mexicali, Baja California, in August of 1976 and was raised in Tijuana. He began his artistic career in 1998 with the exhibition Glifo urbano at the Casa de la Cultura in Tijuana. In 2001, he was invited to show his work at MUCA Roma in Mexico City. Since then he has continued to present his work in Mexico and the United States. He has exhibited in Beijing, where he participated in programs for international artists in residency at the Shang Yuan Museum of Modern Art and the CCD 300 of the Caochangdi Art District, in 2011, as well as the CIGE 09 International Exhibitions Program.

His work has been presented in Long Beach, California, at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), 2011; at the Poliforum Siqueiros in Mexico City, 2011; Caochangdi MK2 Artspace, Beijing, 2010; the Biblioteca [Library] Vasconcelos in Mexico City, 2010; the Young Art Biennial, Moscow, 2010; at the Kunstraum in Cologne, Germany, 2009; the Centro Cultural Tijuana, 2011, 2010, and 2009; the Zacheta Narodwa Galeria Sztuki, Poland, 2008; the Art Miami Fair 07; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), 2007; the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, 2007; and the Centro de las Artes de Monterrey, Mexico, 2004. In 2009 and 2007 he received Young Creators grants from the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes and in 2008, a grant for Creators with Careers from the Fondo Estatal para Cultura y las Artes of Baja California.

Daniel Ruanova resides in Beijing, China, and has his studio there.

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Born in Valle del Carrizo, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, in 1974. He received a degree in Visual Arts from the Universidad de Montemorelos, in the state Nuevo León, Mexico. He was distinguished by acquisition awards from the XX Encuentro Nacional de Arte Joven, Aguascalientes, and at the IV Bienal Regional de Arte Joven, at the Casa de la Cultural de Monterrey, as well as receiving an honorable mention in the XIX Reseña Anual de la Plástica de Nuevo León.

The artist created in situ his work El límite de la memoria at the Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT) in 2007 and among his more notable solo exhibitons are: Demasiado tarde, demasiado lejos at the Museo de Arte de Sinaloa; Nuevos poemas, at the Galería de Arte Patricia Ready in Santiago de Chile; and La superficie del precipicio, presented at the Centro de las Artes de Monterrey and the Museo de Arte de Sonora (MUSAS).

Hugo Lugo developed his art through drawing on paper and painting, which he then later incorporated into new media such as installation and video. His most recent work has been focused principally on graphite, used not only as a medium for drawing, but also as a tool with the capacity to transform a recognizable surface. His proposals revitalize the amazement of the experience and streamline the formal purity giving a more human perspective.

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Marcos Ramírez was born in Tijuana, Baja California, in 1961. He grew up under the rules of his family from central Mexico in that northwestern border city, a city of migration and change, a city often called the Mexican melting pot.

From an early age, he was interested in art, drawing, and anything cultural. Ramírez graduated from the School of Law at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California. Then shortly after he emigrated to the United State, where he lived for seventeen years, he worked as a carpenter and then began drawing and making three-dimensional works, trying to find meaning in his personal voyage.

In 1989, Ramírez had his first exhibition and in 1999, he returned and established himself in Tijuana to fully dedicate himself to producing artworks. He chose the name ERRE because he had been used to signing his works as “Marcos R” and today he is known to people as such.

ERRE has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Mexico, the United States, Russia, France, Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, and Brazil. He has been invited to participate in important events in international art circles, such as InSite94, InSite97, the VI and VII Havana Biennials; the Whitney Biennial 2000; the Triennial San Juan Poly/Graphic; the collectives Made in California; Mexico Illuminated; From Baja to Vancouver; and Política de la diferencia, as well as Arte iberoamericana de fin de siglo; Human Nature; the Saõ Paulo/Valencia Biennial 2007; the Bienal 08 de California; and the second Moscow Biennial. In 2007, he received a USA Artist Grant and since 2009 he has been a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de México.

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Rubén Ortiz Torres was born in 1964, in Mexico City. Always restless, he became interested first by architecture then, in 1981, he studied for a brief time at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He returned to Mexico City where he took visual arts classes at the Escuela [School] Nacional de Artes Plásticas at UNAM. Shortly after, thanks to a Fulbright Grant, he received his Masters of Fine Arts in 1992 from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), in Venice, California. Rubén Ortiz Torres has lived in Los Angeles since then.

His work has been presented in over twenty-five solo exhibitions, among them: High’n’lo, at LA>< ART in Los Angeles, 2008; The Manhattan Project, at Art in General in New York, 2004; The Texas Leaguer, at The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, 2004; Impure Beauty, Recent Artworks by Rubén Ortiz Torres, at Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois, Chicago, 2003; La adoración de los reyes, alienígenas y otros glocalismos, at the Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, 2001; Desmothernismo (a traveling exhibition) was presented in Mexico City at MUCA and at the Huntington Beach Art Center in California, 1999.

Rubén Ortiz Torres has participated in more than one hundred group shows in museums and galleries in the United States, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Poland, France, and Germany. His films have been shown at film and video events: the San Antonio Cinefestival in Texas, 1998; the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1996; the Latinamerikansk Film Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, 1996; and the Vive Latino Festival in San Francisco, 1995.

The work of Rubén Ortiz Torres forms part of the collections of many important institutions, among them are: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York; the New York Public Library; the Colección Jumex in Mexico City; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

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Raúl Cárdenas was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, in 1969. He studied architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Tijuana and graduated in 1994 and continued his studies at the Architecture Institute (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles. In 2007, he received his MFA from the University of California San Diego.

Shortly after leaving SCI-Arc, Cárdenas founded Torolab as an original and dynamic response to the problems faced by the frontier communities and for which single-thematics solutions from the perspective of different disciplines like architecture or urbanism were insufficient. He conceived of Torolab as a stellar and flexible group based on the collectiveness of its members that would be continually focused on the widest and most multidiscipliarian search for the solutions for the betterment of the lifes of specific social groups.

The work of Raúl Cárdenas and his Torolab project has been presented in some of the most important national and international forums, such as The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), LA>< ART in Los Angeles, the Stockholm Moderna Museet, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) of Australia, the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, the Havana Biennial, the Liverpool Biennial, the Beijing Biennial of Architecture 2004, the Biennial of the Mercosur in Brazil, and the Lyon Biennial in France. His work is part of some of the most important public and private art collections, including MCASD and the Colección Jumex in Mexico City.

Raúl Cárdenas has received on two occasions The American Center Foundation award, and also a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. In October of 2011, he was distinguished by the award for the best artistic intervention project with social impact from the Cultural Agents Initiative of Harvard University, and two months later was named Person of the Year by the newspaper Frontera de Tijuana. Currently he is director of the Plataforma Digital of the Plan Estratégico Metropolitano for Tecate-Rosarito, in Rosarito, where he resides and has his studio.

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She was born in Long Beach, California, in 1970, and grew up in Tijuana. In 1998-1999, Yvonne enrolled in the Certificate Program at the International Center of Photography in New York, and in 2009, received her MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego. Her first major photographic project, Las novias más hermosas de Baja California, was realized between 2000 and 2004. That series documents the role of the fiancée as the principal person responsable for projecting the image of the social group that she belongs to. Simultaneously, Venegas was studying and working on group dymanics as in the series Encendedor, 2000, and Todas listas, 2001, which explore the complicated symbols of class.

Yvonne Venegas developed a visual study of the everyday life of María Elvia de Hank. Editorial RM, using this study, published the book María Elvia de Hank that won Venegas the prestigious Magnum Expression Photography Award in 2010. With the series of the most beautiful bride-to-be from Baja California, she also garnered the acquisition prize at the X Photography Biennial of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. Additionally, she received a Rusell Grant for Personal Photography Project in 2007; an honorable mention from the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pennsylvania, in 2006; the stART up prize from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) in 2005, among other recognitions: Venegas has worked as an independent photographer for The New York Times, SPIN, and VIBE in New York, as well as working along side photographic artists like Dana Lixenberg, Bruce Weber, and Juergen Teller. Her work has been published in the books Laberinto de miradas, Editorial RM, 2009; Fotografia latinoamericana, colección Anna Gamazo de Abelló, Editorial RM, 2008; Babel: The Movie, Taschen Books, 2006; and in Celeste and Luna Córnea magazines.

Her most revelant solo exhibitions have been at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, California, 2010; at NAME in Tijuana, 2009; Marcuse Gallery at the University of California San Diego, 2007; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), 2006 and 2003; Gallery 101, Ottawa, Canada, 2006; Casa de América, Madrid, 2004; Musée des Beaux-art d’Orléans, Francia France, 2004; Cherry de los Reyes Gallery, Los Angeles, 2004; and the Centre VU Photo de Quebec, 2002. She has been included in important groups shows in Mexico, Belgium, Peru, Poland, Spain, and the United States. Her work is included in the permanent collections of Fundación Televisa, the Colección Anna Gamazo de Abelló, the Centro de la Imagen, the Colección Alberta Dupont, MCASD, as well as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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