Silvia Gruner

(Mexico, 1959)

Proposal

Mexico City artist Silva Gruner produced a video project for inSITE2000 titled Narrow-Slot/Sueño paradójico, which took her own psychological landscape as its subject. Gruner carried out a series of psychoanalytic sessions while lying on the back seat of a car as two therapists, one American and one Mexican, took turns driving the artist across the border. Each session was recorded using a pinhole camera installed inside the car, resulting in two videos, one with each therapist, respectively, in English and in Spanish. The two videos were edited to contain only the questions that were asked by the therapists during the sessions and subsequently shown as projections, one video opposite the other in a closed room.

Curators: Susan Buck-Morss, Ivo Mesquita, Osvaldo Sánchez, and Sally Yard
Venue: Downtown San Diego in(fo)Site

Proposal

After her initial residency in the region, Mexico City artist Silvia Gruner was drawn to working directly on the border fence. She chose a stretch of the fence running along the residential neighborhood of Colonia Libertad in Tijuana. Entitled The Middle of the Road/La mitad del camino, the installation consisted of more than 100 replicas of the Aztec goddess Tlazolteotl in a birthing position on metal stools, mounted directly onto the border fence. The goddess suggests fertility, a point of passage—an entering through the ritual of birth where life is being recycled or regenerated.

Curator: Lynda Forsha
Organizer: Installation Gallery
Venue: Colonia Libertad, Tijuana & Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego

Silvia Gruner, The middle of the road, inSITE94 (documentation).
Project documentation video by Sarah Minter
Duration: 19 min.