Coachella Had Some Great El Paso Representation on Weekend 1
Weekend one of Coachella Music Fest is in the books and El Paso had some pretty good representation this year!
Aside from Khalid performing with Billie Eilish on day two of the festival, a beautiful art installation made to represent the Borderland towered above the festival grounds.
El Paso artist duo, Los Dos, or LxsDos, is made up of husband and wife Ramon and Christian Cardenas. The art duo draw their characters and ideas from everyday life in El Paso and Juarez and end up creating some amazing murals, screenprints, street poster installations and large-scale inflatable sculptures like this one, "La Guardiana", that represented the Borderland perfectly.
According to LxsDos, “La Guardiana” is a mixed media sculpture that graced to festival grounds in Indio, CA.
Wearing an enredo (skirt), a rebozo (shawl) to carry her child, a mask to conceal her identity, and horns to represent strength. She is the guardian of the refugees from Mexico, Central America, and displaced peoples around the globe. The iconography on her enredo includes people walking and traveling by train and boat toward the border wall — an appeal for an understanding of the reasons that people make the dangerous journey to strange lands.
If La Guardiana looks familiar, that's because you may have seen her around town- specifically when Rage Against the Machine was first announced in 2020.
No word yet on whether La Guardiana will tower the festival grounds for weekend two, but seeing El Pasoans and their art displayed at a festival of this magnitude makes all of El Paso proud!