The Ambos Lados International Print Exchange was conceived in Oaxaca, during an opening at Espacio Centro in October 2017, of the previous Horned Toad Print Exchange II.
Print Junta between El Paso and Oaxaca
During that opening at Espacio Centro (run by Nidia Rosales) -- Manuel Guerra (of Horned Toad Prints of El Paso), and Betatriz Rivas and Adrian Aguirre (of Taller Grafica Libre of Zaachila, Oaxaca) -- talked about continuing the print dialog across the US/Mexican border. Ultimately they decided to sponsor a bigger print exchange -- this Ambos Lados International Print Exchange -- to continue the print momentum, and explore the diversity of approaches and styles between the two cultures.
Manuel Guerra (tall in blue shirt)
of Horned Toad Prints in El Paso,
of Taller Grafica Libre, in Zaachila, Oaxaca,
PREVIOUS PRINT EXCHANGES
Many previous print exchanges, as well as other print projects, lead up to this Ambos Lados Print Exchange:
Horned Toad Print Exchange I
Both print exchanges were also framed and exhibited together in several venues, starting with the Chalk the Block festival in 2014 in El Paso.
El Paso 2014
TANA -- California 2015
Ciudad Juarez 2016
Horned Toad and YayBig print exchanges,
The momentum of all these print exchanges lead to various spin-offs -- including the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta -- a portfolio of 30 large prints that continues to show around the United States.
Horned Toad Print Exchange II
The second Horned Toad Print Exchange emerged in 2017, with a catalog, exhibitions, and continues to be exhibited as we announce the call for the Ambos Lados print exchange:
El Paso 2018
In addition to exhibiting in Oaxaca in 2017, the second Horned Toad Print Exchange also exhibited in Monterrey, Mexico.
We owe a debt to an even older international print exchange -- the Dialogos E Interpretaciones 2013 -- organized Jules Floss of North Carolina, and Jorge Rodriguez Osorio of Colombia. This print exchange inspired the first Horned Toad Print Exchange, after which everything followed through like falling dominoes.
TALLER GRAFICA LIBRE
Marco Sanchez was next
In Mexico, the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange was announced at the Taller la Catrina, Angelica Bracho's studio, during the opening in Monterrey, on April 12, 2018.
There is a lot of print momentum leading up to Ambos Lados, and yet we do not know how this print exchange will unfold. We expect to have fun, and will put our best efforts into it, and hope to be pleasantly surprised, as we have been with the print exchanges of the past.