Border Bingo / Lotería fronteriza
93 x 66.4 cm (36 5/8 x 26 1/8 in.)
(Los Angeles, California, 1948 - )
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Gilberto Cárdenas, 2017
In his work, San Diego-based artist Victor Ochoa has often addressed the culture on the border between United States and Mexico, where aspects of both countries are blended into new local forms. In "Border Bingo", Ochoa focused on Mexican lotería, which is played like a form of Bingo with illustrated cards. Embracing the possibilities of hybrid and transnational creativity, the artist ironically populated his "lotería" cards with anthropomorphized objects drawn from border culture, including a border patrol agent’s binoculars, a tourist’s camera, a maid's cleaning products, a soldier’s boot, and a punk’s chains. The grouping reflects stereotypes commonly associated with the border during the 1980s. Even though the area is perceived as a place of international tension under military rule, local border communities continue to thrive and affirm their cultural diversity.