Ituarte & Gerda Govine:
Consejo Fronterizo de Arte y Cultura (COFAC)/Border
Council of Arts and Culture
Ituarte, third-generation Tijuanan and artist, has been working
for 15 years in art and cultural exchanges between Tijuana, San Diego
and Los Angeles under a program called "Bajo El Mismo Sol"
(Under the same sun). Gerda
Govine Ituarte, joined the endeavors and helped to consolidate "Bajo
El Mismo Sol" into a non-profit organization in 2003, Consejo Fronterizo
de Arte y Cultura (COFAC)/Border Council of Arts and Culture in the
United States and Mexico. This maverick couple, with the help of many
on both sides of the border, created through the arts, a space of understanding
and cooperation between all the cultures of this region.
is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?
"This border region has grown into a center of multifarious hybridizations.
San Diego is sandwiched between Los Angeles and Tijuana making these
cities a cultural phenomenon in the context of global culture. This
region is a "cell" of development of new postmodern social
attitudes, and it is through the arts that we are gaining our first
understanding of this reality."