October 14, 2011

Borderlines: Imaginary & Materialized

On site tracking sign with Lordsburgh, NM border patrol agents, out of focus are Jen Hart-Mann and guest artists John Reid & David Taylor.

David Taylor has cultivated trusting relations with U.S. Customs and Border Protection along with many personal connections to border patrol agents. Taylor is working on a project documenting border monuments along the international line. Our experience has been super charged with much due to Taylor’s standing with Homeland Security,... you could say we got the VIP treatment.

Driving along the borderline in a caravan lead by yet another generous and willing border agent.

The Notion of Nation

Spending time in space where these two nations allowed for new perspective and reflection on the place we associate with the U.S./Mexican border. I am continuously amazed by the emotional and mental charge which can exist in a physical place, an elusive tension that permeates the borderlands.

The view from a peak driving west along the borderline towards the town of Douglas, AZ. The notion of nation extends into the horizon, materialized by two countries dividing one land. Intimidating infrastructure extending as far as to continue into the Pacific Ocean, built and funded by just one country.

Facing South across the landscape one can be witness to the artifacts left behind by Northbound travelers. The obelisk shaped border monument in the left side of frame is one of the many David Taylor has been documenting.

Australian artists’ John Reid and Marzena Wasikowska joined us for the first few days out. While on site in Copper Canyon the artists’ gave an exclusive presentation sharing their latest projects.

Below is a snapshot of a performance piece by Reid entitled Walking the Solar System.

During our time camping in Copper Canyon we decided on a ground less than 2 miles North of the borderline. Our first morning on site Taylor lead our group on a hike to a border monument near a site where Northbound drug trafficking is common, we visited a layup site where smugglers lurk in hopes of undetected passage.

The view from the top of Coronado Peak, part of the Huachuca mountain range .

- Melodie D'Amour

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