XoQUE is a border art collective of diverse identities that revolve around women who are Xicana/x, Mexicanas and Native commited to social and racial justice. The word XoQUE can be translated in Spanish to mean “crash” or “collision”. The “X” is Nahuatl or indigenous for the “Ch” in Chicana/x and “X” marks the spot in colliding with the status quo and in providing a visual counter narrative. XoQUE centers on a multiplex of voices and dynamic interactions between artist, people and ideas that crash and hold space for authentic feminine selfhood.
2021 Trienale CECUT, Tijuana Mexico
Founded in 2020, by Berenice Badillo, Selina Calvo, Sandra Carmona, Jennifer Clay, Ana Maria Herrera and Cynthia Vazquez. XoQUE is Trinational group of diverse women working on border issues. XoQue created site specific art installations on both sides of the border with the Kumeyaay/Kumiai community to raise awareness of their ongoing presence and to create pathways of healing through language, geography, and counter-stories. Each artist co-created a unique installation that encouraged dialogue and created visual representation of the border tribes. The installations form a three-dimensional, multimedia conceptual painting that is based of cultural memories and the intentional future.
Challenge the Status Quo
XoQUE's, goal is to develop partnerships and engage the community, through art and culture, to discover innovative ways to conceptualize and implement site specific art. It is united by “experimentation” in media, venue and concept that gives voice to community concerns, community history, and community revitalization. It’s process is dynamic and participatory, engaging the environment, the community and in challenging the status quo. XoQUE believes that art is inspired and evolves from the dynamic interaction between artist, people and ideas. Participating artists include Berenice Badillo, Selina Calvo, Sandra Carmona, and Jennifer Clay.
XoQue Art in Motion
Border focused land and community based installations led by women artists.
Uniting two tribes with the language of art after the border cut it in half. Defying the man made border wall and inspiring connection and hope.
Triennale CECUT, Tijuana Mexico
Installation Maijawee Divine by Sandra Carmona 2021 image by James Halfacre 2021