reflect / project returns this Spring with a new work by Xochitl Rodriguez (El Paso). Rodriguez presents her film, Grown Without Water, a collective video/oral history project that explores how the US/México border between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez marks and defines perseverance on a twenty-first-century border.
Confronting tragedy and magic at once, the film, documenting and translating the stories of real women who are between the ages of twenty-eight and thirty-eight, provides an alternate lens through which to view border crossing, tragedy, and brown-skinned women.
Rodriguez will be featured during the month of April and has chosen to is feature two artists: Briseida “Brioch” Ochoa and Aldo Amparán as part of this exhibition. The reflect/ project exhibitions occur nightly at M-AAA headquarters, 2018 Baltimore in Kansas City, Missouri, from 7:00–10:00 p.m., with a digital exhibition online.
Xochitl Rodriguez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. In 2009, she accepted an invitation from Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck as Bhutan’s first artist in residence. In 2011, Rodriguez moved to the middle of America to participate in the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project. She returned home to initiate the Caldo Collective, a non-profit organization. In 2016, she organized Boundless Across Borders—a womxn’s march on the border and Braiding Borders|Trenzando Fronteras. In 2018, Rodriguez and her daughter served as ambassadors for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation’s We Will Not Be Tamed Campaign. The artist also was awarded an Interchange grant, M-AAA’s program that supports artists working as change agents and connectors in the region.