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Jan 11 2005

Creative Time, Social Practice Archive: Brinco is an art project, product, and intervention created by the Argentinean artist Judith Werthein for the 2005 inSITE Biennial held on the border of Tijuana and San Diego. Brinco—Spanish for "jump"—is a specially designed shoe the artist created for illegal migrant workers and immigrants who navigate the border region at night. The cross trainers are equipped with specialty features appropriate to their function, including a compass, map, flashlight, and Tylenol (many people get injured during the crossing). The shoes are not only practical but address broader issues such as immigration, U.S. economic policy, and the continued demand for cheap labor in this county. Werthein distributed the shoes freely to people who were crossing the border.

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