Artist Projects

Casa de Cambio/House of Change


Tanya Aguiñiga

As the busiest land port of entry, the San Ysidro border crossing sees over 300,000 daily commuters who wait 1–3 hours to enter the United States. As a 14-year border commuter, public artist, educator and craftsperson, Tanya Aguiñiga seeks to activate this unique physical space into a place of engaged transition and community. Through Casa de Cambio/House of Change, Aguiñiga will collaborate with commuters to create a site-specific installation that organically grows out of a rented storefront on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro border. Spanning over two weeks, this pilot project challenges the concept of borders and sets the stage for additional artists to create new commuter-centered works from this hub.