The Art of Bridge Building

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I have several stories to tell, and in the end, they will be connected because this is really about bridges – building bridges between diverse elements and how art plays a role in this. This paper is framed by a village in Mexico, by a divided population of expats and locals, by differences in economies and by intentions to do better.

In this paper I will address how art can be a catalyst in community building and empowerment and through this, how it can be the builder of bridges. The point of departure and framework for the paper is an initiative in Ajijic, Mexico that is being co-created as I write. La Cochera Cultural – literally, the cultural garage - initially sought to provide local children with the possibility to ‘do art’ under the guidance of a local maestro and an expat architect. It has grown to now have its own place and property and to provide a diverse selection of cultural and artistic opportunities. Although it is now in a ‘real’ physical location, cochera maintains the creative freedom and open qualities of the garage and, in its essence, it intends always to be in-the-making. La Cochera suggests, in its historical grounding, its cultural offerings and the nature of its garage character more ways that we can be connected than we need to be divided. Examples of what is connected and what comprises the bridge will be the explorative stories that will make up this paper.
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Abstract

I have several stories to tell, and in the end, they will be connected because this is really about bridges – building bridges between diverse elements and how art plays a role in this. This paper is framed by a village in Mexico, by a divided population of expats and locals, by differences in economies and by intentions to do better.

In this paper I will address how art can be a catalyst in community building and empowerment and through this, how it can be the builder of bridges. The point of departure and framework for the paper is an initiative in Ajijic, Mexico that is being co-created as I write. La Cochera Cultural – literally, the cultural garage - initially sought to provide local children with the possibility to ‘do art’ under the guidance of a local maestro and an expat architect. It has grown to now have its own place and property and to provide a diverse selection of cultural and artistic opportunities. Although it is now in a ‘real’ physical location, cochera maintains the creative freedom and open qualities of the garage and, in its essence, it intends always to be in-the-making. La Cochera suggests, in its historical grounding, its cultural offerings and the nature of its garage character more ways that we can be connected than we need to be divided. Examples of what is connected and what comprises the bridge will be the explorative stories that will make up this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPaspartout : New Infrastructures - Performative Structures in the Art Field
EditorsSigne Meisner Christensen, Rachael Mader
Volume40
Place of PublicationAarhus
PublisherAarhus Universitetsforlag
Publication date2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
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