For a brief video of the project please visit KQED Arts
Before the 2016 election, I set out to build and destroy a border wall made entirely of piñatas. This collaborative social practice project included 10x15 piñata border wall made by Piñatas Las Morenitas. Halfway through the exhibition of the wall at Southern Exposure in San Francisco, Cece Carpio of Trust Your Struggle Collective and young women from Mission Girls tagged the wall with messages. During the exhibition, border sounds recorded by the Tijuana-based Dignicraft collective played in the gallery along with a Migration Mixtape by La Pelanga DJ collective. Miniature souvenir bricks made by the Little Piñata Maker were available for sale alongside a scale model of Trumps proposed wall in tiny piñatas. Also in the exhibition was a suitcase of piñata bricks made in Mexico by Purepecha piñata Maker Ivan Padilla Mónico, and presiding over the space were piñata security cameras filled with hot sauce packets.
Over six hundred people gathered for the community destruction party which included an invocation by poet and public theologian Marvin K. White and son jarocho by collective son de la bahía. Norma Listman and I served food to fuel border crossings through a missing brick in the border wall. People were asked, If you could destroy anything what would it be and If you could build anything what would it be. Then, in order from youngest to oldest, collaborators and community alike were invited to smash the border.