Fronteras Liquidas
Forum: NEST + CentroGEO 

Ceñal Murga, Pedro. 2016. “Cruce del Río Suchiate - Frontera México-Guatemala, Tecún Umán, Guatemala". Fotografía. Ciudad de México. Archivo Personal de Pedro Ceñal.

Ceñal Murga, Pedro. 2016. “Cruce del Río Suchiate - Frontera México-Guatemala, Tecún Umán, Guatemala". Fotografía. Ciudad de México. Archivo Personal de Pedro Ceñal.


Thursday, Jan 18: 9am - 2pm
Centrogeo, (sala de usos múltiples)
Contoy 137, Col. Lomas de Padierna, Delegación Tlalpan, CP. 14240, México, CDMX.

NEST + CentroGEO - forum

    It is not the bridge that unites two places, it is the bridge that creates them.
    Martin Heidegger

The geopolitical reasoning proposed to address the Mexico-Guatemala cross-border         region is based on the paradoxes of borders: on the one hand, they are political divisions that mark the limit of the exercise of sovereignty and the security of a nation-state. And    on the other, they are lines of adjacency that generate local, legal and illegal exchanges that transcend the border, marking spaces of relationship that give rise to cross-border     regions (Fuentes, 2017). Hence, any border is porous.

(From “Las Fronteras”, Julieta Fuentes, CentroGEO)

The CentroGEO-NEST forum is a working group or meeting where the two groups will invite researchers from their respective communities to discuss the Mexico-Guatemala cross-border region. The forum process begins with the development of the “program” or structure of the forum itself. 

Taking a cue from “Las fronteras” by CentroGEO researcher Julieta Fuentes:

…initiatives have emerged that propose alternative ways of thinking about the border between Mexico and Guatemala, conceiving it not as a line of separation but as a space of strategic relationship that represents binational development opportunities at a local scale and is presented as a counterweight to the image of a uniform, conflictive and repressive border.

NEST also proposes the CentroGEO-NEST forum along these lines of “alternative ways of thinking”, conceiving of the traditional disciplinary borders “not as lines of separation, but as a space of strategic relationship”.



NEST is a creative research project which seeks to explore states, practices, models and theories of sharing terrain. The forum with CentroGEO offers the first opportunity to practice sharing terrain in both form and content. NEST is a project initiated from the perspective of artists and curators but which seeks to leave behind these labels to work with all kinds of creative researchers from diverse backgrounds in order to truly experiment with sharing terrain beyond the imperatives of possession or sovereignty.

Proyector is a curatorial platform and exhibition space based in Mexico City, devoted to promoting emerging voices in contemporary architecture research and committed to foster new strategies for re-thinking spatial concerns that engage with new critical, theoretical and historical tools.

Pablo Lopez Luz is a photographer. Born in Mexico City, he graduated from NYU after completing his MA in Art in 2006. He lives and works in Mexico City. He recently photographed the entire US/Mexico border from the air.
His work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and solo shows in international museums and galleries such as:  SFMOMA (San Francisco, USA), Museum of Modern Art (Mexico City, Mexico), Carrillo Gil Contemporary Art Museum (Mexico City, Mexico), Centro Fotográfico Alvarez Bravo (Oaxaca, Mexico), Casa del Lago Museum (Mexico City, Mexico) Musee Quai de Branly (Paris, France), Insittuto Cervantes (Madrid, Spain), MARCO Testaccio (Rome, Italy), Guandong Museum of Art (Guandong, China), Pingyao Photography Festival (Pingyao, China), Moscow Museum Of Modern Art (Moscow, Russia), Sasha Wolf Gallery (N.Y, USA), Rose Gallery (L.A., USA), Arena Mexico Gallery (Gudalajara, Mexico) and Garash Gallery (Mexico City, Mexico).

CentroGEO is a Public Research Center whose predominant purpose is to carry out activities of scientific research, technological development and innovation from a Geospatial Information Sciences approach. CentroGEO's current research includes "Geopolitics on the Southern Border".

Julieta Fuentes. Doctora en Geografía con especialidad en Geopolítica por el Institut Francais de Geopolitique de la Universidad de Paris VIII. Su trabajo ha versado en la Geopolítica de del conflicto palestino-israelí, particularmente, las estrategias de ordenamiento territorial en Israel y los territorios palestinos, lugar donde realizó exhaustivos trabajos de campo durante 10 años. Sus líneas de investigación actuales son: Geopolítica del conflicto palestino-israelí, Geopolítica del ordenamiento del territorio, Conflicto y Territorios Transfronterizos, enfocándose, principalmente, en la frontera sur de México.

Kristina Pirker. Licenciada en Sociología y Ciencas Politicas por la Universidad de Viena, doctora en estudios Latinoamericanos por la UNAM, y con estudios postdoctorales en el Centro de Invstigaciónes sobre America Latina y el Caribe (CIALC) de la UNAM.

Mauricio Cervantes Licenciado en biología por la Facultad de Ciencias de la UNAM, maestro en demografía y doctor en estudios de población por el Colegio de Mexico A.C. Actualmente es Profesor Investigador Asociado "B" del Centro de Investigación en Geografía y Geomática "Ing. Jorge L. Tamayo", A.C..