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This document is a condensed interview between Chicano artist David Avalos and John C. Welchman in which they address the concept of “borders” as physical, philosophical, and cultural entities, and discuss the relationship of art to such limits. The conversation has been summarized and the resulting content divided into nine sections: “The Fantastic Border,” “Imagine-No-Line,” “A Chicano Border,” “Captivity,” “The Bus Poster Project,” “The Border Art Workshop (BAW)/Taller de Arte Fronterizo (TAF),” “Frontier, Mex-America,” and “Different Dust.” In each section the authors reflect on various problems and possibilities embodied by borders and their repercussions for culture and society.
San Diego artist and educator David Avalos creates sculptures and installation art, along with public art and collaborative projects that question the role of art in contemporary society, especially in the U.S. While at San Diego’s Centro Cultural de la Raza, he co-founded Border Art Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo (BAW/TAF), a seminal bi-national artist collective established at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego in 1985 that not only originated the artistic concept, but also formulated the integral political practice of “border arts.”