Gallery Installation

Estamos Buscando A – Border Wall Installation, Mesa College Art Gallery, San Diego, California, 2013

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In the summer of 2006, a Marine Corp unit just back from Fallujah and the Iraq War was charged with completing the demolition of the original 14 miles of primary fencing that was constructed between 1990 and 1993 from the Pacific Ocean inland to divide the two countries. The fence was constructed of 10 foot-high steel army surplus landing mats (M8A1) with the assistance of the Corps of Engineers and the California National Guard. The original landing mats were manufactured by the Syro Steel Company in Girard, Ohio in 1968 and were used during the Vietnam War. Each original steel mat measured 22 inches high x 12 feet long and were pieced and welded together to make the border wall.

On the final day of the demolition, nearly 3,000 lbs of this fencing was salvaged. There is enough salvaged fencing to construct a border wall that can measure 10 feet high x 64 feet long, and can be configured to fit a gallery space. Dirt, boulders and rocks as well as other ephemeral materials and objects, including a migrant shrine and the photographic retablo photographs printed on aluminum complete the immersive installation.

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Installation of Estamos Buscando A – Border Wall, Mesa College Art Gallery, San Diego, California, 2013

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Retablo Nº 30 – Migrant Camp, Rancho La Sierrita, Sonora, Mexico, 2004 / 2006

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Retablo Nº 23 – Alfredo and Yari / Guanajuato, Sasabe, Sonora, Mexico, 2004 / 2006

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Migrant Shrine, various collected materials from along the U.S. – Mexico Border, 2002 – Present

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Retablo Nº 16 – Joseline Torres / Leon, Puerto San Miguel, Sonora, Mexico, 2004 / 2006

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Retablo Nº 28 – Rene / Chihuahua, Rio Bravo, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, 2004 / 2006

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Audio Response on Retablo Nº 32 – Bra by Melissa Guz for the Border Beat during The Border Project: Soundscapes, Landscapes & Lifescapes, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, 2011

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