SITE Santa Fe’s SITElines 2016 emphasizes the interconnectedness of all the Americas, with their shared experiences, colonial legacies, indigenous voices and relationships to the land.
“Borders are about more than a line,” SITE director Irene Hofmann said.
As visitors enter the SITE Santa Fe building, they’ll be greeted by a 26- by 14-foot metaphor, a re-creation of the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater. Commissioned by design pioneer Lloyd Kiva New, it was completed in 1970. Its design spans cultures and traditions, including Native American, Spanish Colonial and European.
Five curators chose the biennial’s 35 participating artists, including several from Albuquerque.
El Paso-based fabric artist Margarita Cabrera gathered Hispanic immigrants in Houston, Charlotte, N.C., and Tempe, Ariz., to create cactus sculptures stitched from Border Patrol uniforms. The SITE series will feature similar sculptures made by community workshop members in collaboration with the Santa Fe Art Institute.