"Search (En Busquedad)" (2001)

"Search (En Busquedad)," 2001
Radio telescope installation at the Plaza Monumental Bullfight Ring, Tijuana, Mexico. Photo by Alfredo De Stefano.
Courtesy the artist and Max Protetch, New York.

"I wanted to do a piece about alienation- and about UFOs- and immigration, placing the work in Tijuana. There’s this large monitor and surveillance system pointed up at the cosmos in Hollywood B-movie fashion, searching for ‘real’ aliens and subverting the meaning of the word. Everybody in Tijuana, from cab drivers to artists to politicians, got the joke."

- Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle