Gustavo Artigas

(Mexico, 1970)

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The Rules of the Game/Las reglas del juego was a project in two parts: the first part consisted of the installation of a frontón ball court in Colonia Libertad, Tijuana, positioned near the border fence. The second part was a sports event at the Lázaro Cárdenas high school in Tijuana on October 13, 2000. The event was a game designed by the artist working together with high school basketball coaches in the US and high school soccer coaches in Mexico. In the end, the Mexican soccer teams and the US basketball teams played against one another on the same court at the same time. As such, the work operated as a metaphor for the reality of life in the border region—where two entirely different systems of government, economy, and civil society are forced, for better or worse, to co-exist in the same physical territory.

Curators: Susan Buck-Morss, Ivo Mesquita, Osvaldo Sánchez, and Sally Yard
Venues: Colonia Libertad and Preparatoria Federal Lázaro Cárdenas III Plantel Valle Sur, Tijuana

Gustavo Artigas, The Rules of the Game, inSITE2000 (documentation).
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