Bajo La Luna Verde

Self-portrait in Sonora Desert, 12 miles west of Sasabe Port of Entry, Sonora, Mexico, 2004

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I am so alone.

Eventually, the moon parts ways with the stars, and it becomes incredibly dark.  The calm and silence of the desert is now broken with the sounds of vehicles rumbling and dogs barking off in the distance.  I can hear the snap of steps in the dirt but can’t tell if they’re coming from a person or an animal.

It is getting so cold.

I try to sleep and for a couple of hours because I’m so exhausted from anticipation.  I’m actually able to get some rest and get lost in the slumber of a dream. But then, there are more snaps of the dirt.  I can’t take it anymore – the uncertainty and unknowing presence of someone or something out there.

Quickly, I emerge from the safety of my natural cave and head north.  Within a few moments, I easily cross the barbed-wire fence and start following the array of trails created by both humans and cattle north and east back towards the Port of Entry.

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Inspired by a dream about seeking comfort and solitude in a moment of isolation, Bajo La Luna Verde | Under The Green Moon is a backlit transparency and a self-published photo book reflecting on a personal narrative of being alone during a day and night in the Sonora Desert in Mexico in an attempt to cross the U.S. – Mexico border twelve miles west of the Port of Entry at Sasabe, Sonora, Mexico and Sasabe, Arizona, United States.

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Turounet_UnderGreenMoonInstall

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Bajo La Luna VerdeInstallations

2015        New Mexico State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces, New Mexico

2012        Pima College Art Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

2006        University of San Diego Institute of Peace and Justice, San Diego, California

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Transparency in light box | 48 x 72 x 2 inches

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Bajo La Luna Verde

Photographs, text and book design by Paul Turounet

Illustrations reproduced under license from the University of South Florida

24 pages, 7 x 5 inches

10-1/2 x 14-1/2 inch folded map

6 – 3-1/4 x 4-1/4 inch archival pigment prints tipped-in + 7 illustrations

Spanish and English

ISBN 978-0-9888551-1-3 |  2014

First Edition: 50 – including a limited edition 5 x 7 chromogenic photograph in a folder

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Bajo La Luna VerdeMap

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