Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pipelines and Borderlines Round 2

Carlos and Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery
Arts of the Americas
1538 W Cullerton Street
Chicago, IL, 60608
Exhibition dates: October 16 through November 14
Opening Reception: Friday, October 16, 6:00 - 10:00
Closing Party: Saturday, November 14, 6:00 - 10:00

Pipeline and borderline round 2

Background by Jeff Abbey Maldonado


The Carlos and Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery, is presenting "Pipelines and Borderlines Round 2", which exhibits the grass roots political print portfolio that includes artists from the U.S, Mexico and Canada, curated by Beverly Keys. In addition brochures documenting the project and giving updates on what "W" called "NAFTA-PLUS" will be available.

In 2008, artists from the U.S., Mexico and Canada collaborated to create artworks in order to spread awareness of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), which the George W Bush administration called NAFTA-PLUS. It is an umbrella for 300 joint corporate and governmental initiatives. Corporations set the agendas and they were carried out with little legislative and no public input or awareness.

The exhibit has traveled to all three countries, and the participating artists are: Rene' Arceo, : Marnie Blair, Nicolas DeJesus, Javiar Lara Diaz, Steve Fisher, Carol Friedle, Baltazar Godoy, Heather Huston, Beverly Keys, Eveline Kolijn, Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Jesus Orlando Martinez, Michael McGovern, Laura Myntti, MaryEllen Ponsford, Janet Schill, Gabriel Trinidad, Victor Juarez Vasquez and John Pitman Weber.

Keys chose two of the 300 initiatives that affect all three countries to focus the Pipelines and Borderlines portfolio project on.

The first is the OIL SANDS MINES in Alberta, Canada. It is the largest surface mine in the world, with toxic chemicals endangering citizens as well as wildlife left after massive deforestation. It is large enough to be the sole reason that Canada can not meet it's carbon reduction goals to combat global warming. A pipeline is set to run from Alberta to mostly U.S. refineries, including the British Petroleum plant in Whiting, Indiana. There toxins will be released that threaten the health of people who depend on Lake Michigan for drinking water. Also, thousands of laborers were bussed up from Mexico to work in the mines, promoting their exploitation, and weakening the labor force in all three countries.

The second initiative chosen is the AUTOMATED TARGETING SYSTEM (ATS), that combines the U.S. "no-fly" list into a single North American database. Every person flying over a U.S. border is assigned a risk assessment score. It is full of errors and has assessed preschoolers and former Senator Ted Kennedy as high risks, yet no one has access to find what their score is and no right to challenge it. We are allowing pipelines to cross borders but preventing people from doing so.

President Obama says we need to renegotiate NAFTA, in order to "Stop this race to the bottom".