Tania Valencia

Tania Valencia

1. How do you define the Tijuana-San Diego region?

Living in either city requires a constant negotiation of our sense of self. Every time someone crosses the border, their social, cultural and economic conditions shift completely. Their language and skin color carry drastically different connotations on one side or the other. Their resources are suddenly multiplied or diminished. The opportunities available to them, the value of their work, and the significance of their personal history all vary depending on context. It is all subject to transformation, and everything has two identities.

2. How do you define your own work?

I define my work as a learning process. I try to view each piece as an exercise. I learn from my research as I’m developing a concept, and I learn from my experimentation, practice and mistakes as I’m crafting the final work. (It’s a constant work in progress.) in parentheses because totally optional

3. How is the geographical context of the Tijuana-San Diego region reflected in your work?

The people and ideas that have shaped my work could not have come into my life anywhere else. Living in the border has given me two languages and two worldviews that inform everything I make.

Tania Valencia

Tania Valencia

I was born in Mexico City and have lived in Tijuana for 20 years. I am a graphic designer and illustrator with 7 years of experience, currently working at Enigma Creative.