NADA QUE DECLARAR // NOTHING TO DECLARE

 
 

Nada Que Declarar es una colaboración entre los artistas Ingrid Hernández (Tijuana, México) y Pieter Wisse (Rotterdam, Holanda). Crearon una página de Facebook y pidieron a la gente que compartieran imágenes tomadas mientras esperaban a cruzar en la frontera más transitada del mundo. Éstas imágenes fueron alteradas y se usaron palabras de anuncios publicitarios, jerga o slang de la frontera, Facebook y otros medios,  diseños de compañías comerciales familiares fueron agregados a las imágenes. Comenzaron el proyecto analizando la frontera y las imágenes, preguntándose cómo es la frontera, cómo funciona y lo que representa. La locura, comercialización y publicidad fueron incorporados en 11 posters que contienen crítica y comedia. Una máquina copiadora llamada risograph, similar en proceso a la serigrafía, fue utilizada para imprimir el proyecto. Se diseñaron sobres para los posters y fueron distribuidos entre las personas esperando a cruzar de México a Estados Unidos.

Nada Que Declarar (Nothing To Declare) is a collaboration between artists Ingrid Hernández (Tijuana, Mexico) and Pieter Wisse (Rotterdam, Holland). They created a facebook page asking people to submit images taken while crossing the most trafficked border in the world. The images were altered and words from advertising, common phrases at the border, facebook and other media were added as well as designs from familiar commercial companies. They approached the border and the images by looking at what the border is, how it functions and what it represents. The madness, the commercialization and advertising were all incorporated in 11 posters that contain criticism as well as humor. A risograph copy machine, a system that in many ways resembles screen printing, was used to print the project. Designed envelopes containing the posters were distributed amongst the various people that wait to cross the border from Mexico to the USA.

 

 

 
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Ingrid Hernandez (Tijuana, BC 1974) holds a masters degree in research and environmental studies and a bachelor's in sociology from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, as well as coursework and workshops on photography and contemporary art.

Hernandez develops collaborative projects with migrants and communities that create self-built settlement in conditions of poverty.  Where she works intimately with various agents of these communities  who make up the social fabric of those places. She works closely with these agents for long periods and negotiating the methodology of those meetings. The result is embodied in products ranging from photography to social research.

Her work has been exhibited individually and collectively in Mexico, Germany, Russia, the United States and Colombia. She was a fellow of the CONACULTA Young Artists Program in 2008-2009; the Support  for Artistic Creation and Development (PECDA 2008-2009 and 2005-2006), the Municipal Support for Culture and Community Programing (PACMyC 2004-2005); Artist Residencies Exchange Mexico-Colombia (FONCA 2006-2007), and the Artistic Residence International-FONCA for Curatorial Studies Program in New York (2011). Within the framework of Medellin International Convention (MD11) participating in the residence Coyote Project (Workshop 7- Tijuana station), in the city of Medellin, Colombia.

She has been a teacher, researcher and workshop leader in educational institutions and independent associations in Mexico, Bogota and New York. She has designed and coordinated Photographic Creation Seminars in universities and independent spaces; as workshops, as well as in diverse cultural non-profits in Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora and Sinaloa. Since 2006 she teaches at the Faculty of Arts of the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) where she teaching the subjects: Photographic Language and Theory, and more recently, Techniques and Research Processes.

Hernandez also operates the 3-year-old arts center Relaciones Inesperadas (Unexpected Relations) with Abraham Avila. The center offers seminars and talks geared at Tijuana's expanding artist community in addition to a master's degree in Arts and Cultural Production.

Her work belongs to the private collections such as the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) and the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT).

Ingrid Hernández (Tijuana, B.C. 1974) estudió Sociología y la maestría en Investigación y Medio Ambiente en El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, así como cursos y talleres de fotografía y arte contemporáneo.

Hernández desarrolla proyectos colaborativos con migrantes y comunidades que construyen asentamientos irregulares, donde entra en contacto con diversos locutores que forman el tejido social de estos lugares. Su metodología parte del encuentro y negociación con estos agentes para trabajar en conjunto por periodos prolongados. El resultado se materializa en productos que van de la fotografía a la investigación social.

Su trabajo ha sido expuesto individual y colectivamente en México, Alemania, Rusia, Estados Unidos, y Colombia. Fue becaria del Programa Jóvenes Creadores en 2008-2009; El Programa de Estímulos a la Creación y el Desarrollo Artístico (PECDA 2008-2009 y 2005-2006), el Programa de Apoyo a las Culturas Municipales y Comunitarias (PACMyC 2004-2005); el Intercambio de Residencias Artísticas México-Colombia (FONCA 2006-2007), y la Residencia Artística FONCA-International Studio Curatorial Program en New York (2011). Dentro del marco del Encuentro Medellín (MD11) participó en la residencia Proyecto Coyote (Taller 7-Estación Tijuana), en la ciudad de Medellín, Colombia.

Ha sido maestra, investigadora y tallerista en instituciones educativas y asociaciones independientes en México, Bogotá y Nueva York. Específicamente, ha diseñado y coordinado Diplomados de Creación Fotográfica en centros universitarios y espacios independientes; como tallerista, ha colaborado con organizaciones de la sociedad civil en, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora y Sinaloa. Desde 2006 se desempeña como docente en la Facultad de Artes de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), impartiendo las materias: Seminario de Teoría y Lenguaje Fotográficos, y más recientemente, Técnicas y Procesos de Investigación.

En el año 2008, el Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes publicó su libro: Irregular.

Su obra pertenece a las colecciones del Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), y del Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT).


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Pieter Wisse (1980, The Netherlands) represents an example of a 21st century player active in the visual arts. Since his graduation in Documentary Photography at the School of Fine Arts in Utrecht, Holland, he developed a distinct vision on what photography is, should and could be. He has ventured into a large array of photography related fields, consistently promoting the arts both on and offline.

As photographer he self-published two photography books including ‘I Believe in 88’, a documentary body of work of a group of rightwing extremists in former Eastern Germany.

Between 2009 and 2012 he was the owner and founder of Four Eyes Photography & Art, a magazine, gallery and bookstore in Rotterdam.

Since 2010 he has been working on the internationally acclaimed website 500 photographers; a research project seeking to introduce outstanding contemporary photographers while determining the features that are of the utmost importance for image-makers in this day and age.

Due to his endeavors Wisse now works worldwide, curating exhibitions and projections for photography festivals, teaching and lecturing at various institutions and universities, writing and editing for magazines, reviewing portfolios, judging photography competitions and publishing photography books.