It's easy to forget that San Diego was Mexico at one time. Now they're separated by a wall so arrogant it even tries to split the ocean -- but even it is largely symbolic. People, ideas, money, and drugs flow back and forth every day, no more contained than the air. Two halves of a strange and beautiful whole, San Diego and Tijuana are twin cities separated by a fence that casts their political, economic, social, and cultural inequities into sharp relief. It's an uneasy reality, but it makes for fertile ground for artists.
"Living on the border of Mexico and engaging with artists in TJ is one of the biggest strengths that San Diego's art scene has going for it," says Ginger Shulick Porcella, an art curator who recently moved to San Diego from New York (guess that Greyhound goes both ways now). "But I still meet a lot of artists that never go to Mexico, which I find to be crazy."