In the Yakima Valley, two hours east of Seattle over the mountain ridge that separates the coast from the agricultural heartland of Washington state, the towns of the valley are home to many thousands of migrants, most from Mexico, who…
Noted artist Alvaro Enciso has planted crosses to mark the deaths of more than 900 migrants in the Sonoran desert south of Tucson, each marked with a red dot like those marking men and women who have perished on the “death maps” published by Humane Borders. This is his report from the borderlands earlier this week.
The simple, personal stories collected and illustrated by Breen are as timely as ever
The 18-foot border fence marching into the Pacific was built in 1993 and 1994, and quickly became a symbol of hubris and folly to some, as it seemingly tries to keep Mexican waves from entering the U.S. territory of ocean water.
At the Westernmost end of the U.S.-Mexican border, where the bollard fence marches into the Pacific, artists have claimed a quarter mile of the fence as an ever-changing canvas.
More than 55% of the land of Mexico was ceded to the U.S. following the Mexican-American war, through the treaty of Guadeloupe-Hidalgo in 1848. "DeLimitations" offers a portrait of the post-Mexican America the mobile border created, and hint at the absent voices excluded by the current borderline
We want to approach the end of a deeply challenging year with a look at a few of the artworks and projects that testify to the lived experience and deep humanity of the people at the border.
The whole project of these big fences slowly comes to feel like declaring war on the ocean or the sky: there's just too much land, too much open air, too many miles in every direction to imagine victory over the human instinct to migrate, to cross deserts, to cross oceans and - least of all - scramble over walls along the way.
Love notes, baby shoes, water bottles, toothbrushes. They all tell the story of the ordinary humanity and extraordinary experiences of the thousands of people who hiked across the desert to find new lives in the U.S.
The last number called for permission to present an asylum claim to U.S. border officials in the crossing from Juarez to El Paso. It had not changed in three days.