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WDC 2024 Club

The binational youth poster exhibition is a heartfelt reflection of our community’s hopes and dreams. It serves as a canvas of change, providing the future generation with a platform to channel their boundless imagination through artistic expression and serve as a platform to address and resolve critical issues that affect our community. Through their poster, these young visionaries confront the pressing challenges that weigh heavily on our region

 

EXHIBITION OPENING CEREMONY AND CELEBRATION

Date: Thursday, June 13th, 2024

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: UC San Diego Park and Market, 2nd Floor

 

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Themes

 

Arts & Culture

Lilian Balderas Pérez

Artist: Lilian B

Imagination is both a valuable tool and a precious gift that life has bestowed upon us. Through it, we are able to project and shape the future according to our desires; we can conceive visions of utopias and yearn for a better world. And in this area, youth stand out as the undisputed masters of imagination, for it is they who possess the unique ability to conceive of everything from mythical creatures to a future in which differences and divisions have disappeared.

Ximena Cuétero

Artist: Ximena C.

Inspired by the traditions that both Mexico and the United States share, I created a collage with images free of copyright, to represent how we can live with good coexistence and that our are many things we share, the phrase also relates to how we should not continue to promote the gap that exists, and better to continue helping to grow our culture.

 

Effective Infrastructure and Placemaking  

Nestor Francisco Ruiz Miranda

Artist: Nestor F

What he produced to be derived as the architecture of an oxxo is a conglomeration of punctual writings ironically and profoundly relating the analogy of a convenience store as an inspirational medium for the modern city of Tijuana with effective infrastructure.

 

Ingrid Michelle Enriquez Cardel

Artist: Ingrid M.

Our illustrated poster addresses the experience of being a pedestrian in cities dominated by vehicular traffic. With this work, we want to highlight the challenges faced by people walking in urban environments designed more for cars than for pedestrians.Through simple illustrated elements we want to point out a common problem in the city of Tijuana, which does not have an infrastructure designed for automobiles rather than pedestrians, this in turn forces citizens to transport themselves mostly in automobiles, i.e. public transportation, which is so precarious that it does not meet the demand of citizens who need it. Our objective with this work is to provoke a reflection on urban design and the importance of prioritizing pedestrians. By depicting the conflict between space for cars and space for people, we seek to inspire conversations about how our cities can evolve into more inclusive and accessible environments for all. I want this poster to motivate viewers to rethink urban mobility and promote the design of cities where walking is safe, accessible and easy.

 

Equity, Social Justice, Health & Wellbeing  

Daniel Alejandro Martinez Fernández

Artist: Daniel A.

As young students belonging to the periphery of Tijuana, we are constantly in indirect contact with our closest border, reaching the question of if we are so close, why is there nothing that really unites us? With this approach, the desire to generate links with others is born, going beyond the border simply showing that we are people looking for similar things, being a reflection of the other without any distinction. Both pieces can be separated one from the other but at the same time being the same, only reflected, giving the same message for both sides of the border, inviting the viewer to reflect on their role in this diverse urban stain.

 

Marie Jernigan

Artist: Marie J.

“Foster Unity, Not Division,” utilizes the symbols of numerology to inspire cohesion in a divided world. The number 8, corresponding to the year 2024, breaks down into the numbers 2 and 6—each represented by the colors orange and indigo blue, respectively. Orange embodies acceptance, peace, and kindness, while indigo blue conveys sympathy, nurturing, and supportive energies.Central to the design is a domino piece, chosen for its dual symbolism. One dot on the domino signifies unity, whereas two dots depict division. This piece echoes the domino theory, showing that fostering unity can create a chain reaction, encouraging others to promote harmony and togetherness. This poster is not just art; it’s a call to action, urging viewers to embrace our differences and catalyze a collective movement towards celebrating diversity

 

The Environment 

Natalia González Del Palacio, Dhanna Paola Melendrez Pérez, Ghydiani Michelle Molina Pérez, Andrea Lizbeth Tenorio Dueñas

Artist: Natalie G., Dhana P, Gydiani M., Andrea L.

The present work is the construction of a poster directed to the Design for the Environment category, which shows the construction of a body made of garbage, which symbolizes the decadence of 21st century society and the refusal to face acceptance of a reality that was thought to be “distant” but that becomes closer with each passing day, being this about a world full of waste. To create this poster we treat the environment as our muse, and we seek to denote the negative effects of the human footprint on it. Through this work, a “criticism” is shared, where a figure that immediately captures attention is shown in the middle of an everyday scenario. An ordinary human figure reveals an uncomfortable truth as it is made of the same garbage that we ignore every day. It is more than just a visual representation, it is a criticism of contemporary society and its ignorance of the disease of the environment that surrounds it.The construction of a body made of garbage symbolizes the decadence of 21st century society and the refusal to accept a reality that is increasingly taking over ours, where the world is full of what it does not need. Thanks to those who think they need it all. The reality is that the true garbage does not reside in our material waste, but in the decomposition of society that consumes without conscience and pollutes without remorse.

Melanie Natalia De La Rosa Campos)

Artist: Melanie DLR

Sustainable projects today are not enough, we need solutions with a regenerative vision to our current problems. Work inspired by the border beaches, such as Imperial Beach, where nothing and no one can touch the water of the waves without getting sick. Like this, there are many crises that exist at the same time and that by creating the right solutions directed at the right points, can create a chain reaction that positively impacts our environment.

 

Youth & Education 

Li Maren Pimienta Briseño

Artist: Li Maren P.

When a young person begins to develop a love for design or art, becoming more than a hobby and wants to dedicate themselves to it, there tend to be prejudices about their future, questioning or doubting the success they will obtain and many times those who could have been great designers end up dropping out, even though they did not exploit their potential enough because they did not have support from those around them, making them doubt if that is really what they should do in the future or if they do not have enough tools and knowledge of graphic design and arts in their area, even being far away of its reach. Limiting and discouraging them, thus killing creativity from a very early age. That is why the theme of this poster is to raise awareness so that future generations do not discourage the following designers and artists, and it is better to support them so they can grow.

Ania Carolina Medina Ruiz

Artist: Ania Carolina M.

The intention of this poster is to make the viewer aware that not all young people have the privilege of having a quality education, as well as easy access to education, which is a right. Even today, there are children of all ages who have to work to pay for their school supplies, registration fees or help in the household economy. For many people, education is a privilege and not a right.

Science & Technology

Aiyana Grenda

Artist: Aiyana G

I created this piece in hopes of raising awareness about digital dependency. With more technological advancements than ever before, we as a society have become attached, addicted, and dependent. Research suggests multiple concerns arising from digital dependency which are similar to the effects of substance abuse.

Jorge Gerardo

Artist: Jorge G.

This piece is supposed to explore the intersection of technology and humanity. Celebrates the resilience of individuals empowered by prosthetic arms, seamlessly integrating with society’s rhythm and embracing new beginning.

 

Support the Unhoused  

Darby Bell

Artist: Darby B.

A box is not a home. A street bench is not a home. A tent isn’t even a home. This poster’s goal is to show that everyone deserves a home – home with four walls and a roof.

 

Artist: Manuel Antonio V.

In this poster, the pointillist technique becomes a canvas of social conscience recalling the rough textures of the streets, where the solitary figure walking from above becomes a symbol of the anonymity of the homeless. Her silhouette, with the effect of a crumpled white sheet, reminds us of the vulnerability and fragility of their existence. The text “And now where will I sleep?” is a heartbreaking echo of their daily anguish to find a safe place to rest. Through this performance, we seek to remember that these people are as human as you and me, with dreams and basic needs, but often go unnoticed in our daily lives. It is time to recognize their humanity and take concrete steps to address the crisis of homelessness.

 

Re-Imagine the Border

Martha F.

Artist: Martha F.

An innovative and hopeful vision of the border between San Diego and Tijuana, highlighting the importance of design in creating connections and overcoming divisions. It emphasizes the idea of building bridges, both literally and figuratively, to foster integration, cooperation and mutual understanding between the two communities. The poster seeks to inspire the audience to imagine a future where the border becomes a symbol of unity and opportunity, rather than division and conflict.

Jenna Mcguigan

Artist: Jenna M.

I was inspired by a newspaper article and by the fact that you can no longer physically touch a love one at a border, even worse you can barely seem them through the mesh. I wanted to include the phrase “let’s hold hands again” as a metaphor for the relationship between the US and Mexico but also in a literal sense for those visiting the border.

 

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As you explore the exhibition, we invite you to reflect on the themes and messages conveyed by these posters. Let them inspire you to take action in your own communities.Together, let’s build a better future where everyone is seen, heard, and valued, where sustainability and inclusivity are not just ideals but lived realities.