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This is a review by Domingo Nuño on Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s collection of performance texts, essays, poetry, and graphics, entitled The New World Border. Nuño considers the ways in which Gómez-Peña’s volume “deliberates on . . . changing identities in an intercultural space.” He briefly discusses the artist’s personal and professional backgrounds, emphasizing his interest in social engagement and cross-cultural commentary. Nuño remarks on the symbolism of the book’s cover, which he reads as reinforcing the boundary between text and image. He critiques what he sees as Gómez-Peña’s failure to represent honestly the reality of Chicanos, as well as his tendency to forgo subtlety and nuance in his commentaries on such issues as race, immigration, and cultural hybridity in favor of emphasizing the trauma and pain of life on the “New World Border.” While he is critical of the focus of Gómez-Peña’s text, Nuño acknowledges its value for those interested in the artist and his developing body of work.
Domingo Nuño (born 1965) is a mixed media and conceptual artist from Mexico City who lives in New York. When he wrote this review he was living in Oakland, California, and was a member of Los Tricksters (with Sergio de la Torre and Julio Morales). Formed in 1995, the group created public interventions and performances that examined cultural identity politics. Nuño’s review is an important critique of border art and of Gomez-Peña in particular from the perspective of a younger generation of conceptual artists also tackling the intersections of post-colonialism and tourism in the Mexico/U.S. border region.