Have you heard about our community archival project, Boca Chica, Corazón Grande?
We launched this project back in October 2021 with Monica Sosa of @flowerfriends.tx in an effort to collect, preserve and exhibit photographs, home movies, and oral histories that center the history and geography of Boca Chica Beach here in the Rio Grande Valley.
As an on-going project, we encourage the community to join us in this archival pursuit by becoming donors, archivists, narrators and historians. As an archive, ENTRE resists the extractive and exploitive nature of traditional archival, anthropological and ethnographic practices by co-creating this collection with people from the Boca Chica community.
On Saturday April 1st, ENTRE will be participating in the exhibition Nuestra Delta Mágica: Settler Imaginaries & Community Resistance alongside other artists and activists from the RGV. ENTRE's contribution to the exhibition will include a self-service oral history recording station where visitors will have the opportunity to record their stories and memories of Boca Chica Beach. The station will be available for use through June 1st, gallery schedule TBA. We will also be exhibiting a short experimental film of Boca Chica that will include field recordings and film eco-processed using water from the area where the mouth of the Rio Grande empties into the Gulf of Mexico, native plants, sand, and seashells.