Rolando Briseño

Ground chile and acrylic on tablecloth | Chile molido y acrílico sobre mantel
109.2 x 115.6 cm (43 x 45.5 in)
Collection of the artist | Colección del artista
Photo courtesy of the artist | Imagen cortesía del artista

Artist’s Statement

Because of the anti-Mexican legislation in California in the late 1990s, I drew four crisscrossing arms coming into the picture plane from each corner; two are fists and two are exchanging Mexican food, each diagonal representing contrasting emotions of conflict and exchange. The brown arm from the south is offering a hand-held taco, and the pink arm from the north is offering mass-produced, franchised Mexican-American food. I witnessed tacos exchanged through a hole in the border fence in Tijuana! Of course, they were going south to north.