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Curators’ Statement

Tijuana is a solo performance by the famous Mexican actor and author so far known as Lazaro Gabino Rodríguez; namely, he treats his own life as a performance, as a process of continuous transformation of identity, which is reflected both in name changes and in the changes of physical appearance. Such artistic and life poetics is also in the core of his Tijuana project. Having assumed a false identity, he moved to the Mexican city of the same name, rented a small room in one of the favelas, and got a job in a local factory, determined to check whether a Mexican worker could live on the minimum wage (converted into EU currency, his daily wage was around one euro).  This performance act, whose form can be defined as a "lecture-performance", represents Rodriguez's performative archiving and reconstruction of the experiment that he has tried to implement in real life.