1. The best of both worlds.

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  2. Why do you like taco bell?

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  3. Love what exists

    We are basically the same

    problems are temporary

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  4. Listens and plays with ducks

    The only difference is, we in Ciudad Jurez is that in El Paso the people are born speaking english

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  5. It is not as violent as the media puts it to be.

    Only few people are able to cross the boarder.

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El Flow: Cross Border Youth Culture in Conversation

El Flow

Interviews with students in El Paso and Juarez about what it's like to be a young person living on the border today.

'Flow' is defined as the rhythm and rhyme of a hip-hop song's lyrics and how they interact with each other. It also describes the…


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Interviews with students in El Paso and Juarez about what it's like to be a young person living on the border today.

'Flow' is defined as the rhythm and rhyme of a hip-hop song's lyrics and how they interact with each other. It also describes the way in which culture, language, music, and styles, wash back and forth across the border in a continual flow that rises and falls, is blocked, re-directed and flows again. This ongoing interchange of ideas and experiences forms a unique border rhythm that is mixed and re-mixed by each generation, producing a unique experience for border youth.

Over the past year, students from 8 high schools, four on each side of the border, have interacted with one another and explored what it means to be border youth through conversations, artwork and online interchanges. The Rubin has invited a series of professional artists and artist collectives to respond to artwork created by the students, and to the themes of border life that have been raised in their writing and discussion. They will be exhibited alongside a selection of artworks created in the program and interviews with border youth. Images, artwork and reflections from both sides of the border are incorporated in the two exhibition spaces, which feature a selection of youth-made artwork from both El Paso and Juarez alongside site-specific mural elements that together create a panorama of border youth culture. The project has created both actual and virtual spaces for communication and interchange and has served as a catalyst for dialogue in a bi-national community that has been torn apart by violence.

The culmination of this project are two concurrent exhibitions opening this week in El Paso and Juarez, where border artists have been asked to respond to the student work and acknowledge the results of this cultural exchange in two massive installations, one at the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP in El Paso and the other at the Rodadora Museum in Ciudad Juarez.

The Rubin Center has worked with a broad bi-national support team that brings together other museum professionals, artists, educators and international aid agencies. The project has been funded in part by the US Department of State Visual Arts Initiative, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Ysleta Indepdendent School District.

The public opening reception at the new Rodadora Museum in Ciudad Juárez will take place on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 but the exhibition itself will not formally open to the public until the official opening of the Rodadora, which will be the largest museum/interactive space for children in Latin America when it opesn later this summer. El Flow will be will be featured as one of the inaugural exhibitions in the space. The Rubin Center portion of the exhibition opens Thursday, May 24th, 2012 and runs through August 31, 2012.

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