UMOCA Presents “In Motion: Borders and Migrations”














May 16 – September 27, 2014
in the Street Gallery
Opening Reception and Live Performance: May 16 from 7 to 9 PM


Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is proud to announce In Motion: Borders and Migrations, a group exhibition that addresses the U.S.-Mexico border and its unique geographic, political, social, and aesthetic contexts.

The works in the show complicate definitions of this demarcation as a fixed and knowable boundary line between nations. In Motion: Borders and Migrations offers audiences an alternative to popular media perspectives on the border and to the cultural give-and-take that occurs there.

Though often framed as a site of tension, the international line between the United States and Mexico is a dynamic location that has generated a distinct artistic culture often overlooked in media coverage. The specific economic, political, and visual circumstances of the border have produced aesthetically compelling, socially engaged artistic practices on both sides of the line. Featuring photography, painting, video, sculpture, sound and performance pieces, In Motion: Borders and Migrations presents diverse perspectives on what it means to experience and move across the border, both physically and symbolically.

In Motion: Borders and Migrations features local and international artists including: Diego Aguirre,  Rocio Boliver, Margarita Cabrera, Caleb Duarte, Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab, Marcos Ramirez ERRE, Ingrid Hernandez, Jesse Lerner, V. Kim Martinez, Yoshua Okón, Jorge Rojas, Rosario Sotelo, Glenn Weyant, and Alejandro Zacarias. 

In addition to the exhibition, the opening night reception will feature a live performance piece by Caleb Duarte, created for In Motion: Borders and Migrations. The piece will be filmed and displayed through video for the remaining run of the exhibition.

In Motion: Borders and Migrations was formed in collaboration with University of Utah professor, Elena Shtromberg and students in the course “Visual Culture along the U.S./Mexico Border.”

Image Credit:
“Guerillas” Film still courtesy of artist Rosario Sotelo

About The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Founded in 1931, the award-winning Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s purpose is to give Utah residents and visitors access to international, national, regional, and local art that is relevant to our time. UMOCA offers rotating exhibitions in four gallery spaces, youth and adult education, as well as community outreach, an Artist-in-Residence program, and a variety of public programs to cultivate awareness of concepts found in contemporary art. UMOCA is a 501c3 institution that is supported by public, foundation, and corporate gifts.

UMOCA has been recognized as Best Museum in the State of Utah for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as well as a four-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation.