There are some amazing things happening in the Tijuana art scene at the moment.
After a few dark days of cultural depression caused by the drug wars and a huge decline in tourism, it seemed like the city was in a downward spiral.
But then something amazing happened.
With no tourists left to please with promises of nudie shows and $10 all-you-can-drink specials, young people took advantage and rebuilt their hometown. Up cropped a slew of art galleries and creative spaces focused on local artists – 206 Arte Contemporaneo, Pasaje Rodriguez, TJ in China and many others.
Proof of Tijuana’s art world re-emergence is clear in the success regional artists have found at the 14th Annual Biennial of Visual Arts of the Northwest, on view at the Tijuana Cultural Center through Oct. 5. Six Baja California artists were either finalists or honorable mentions in the juried exhibition.
“It is clear that something very exciting is happening,” Armando Garcia Orso, deputy director of exhibitions for the center, told San Diego Red.