Swan Line (Lawn Sign)
Kathleen Coming & Analise Minjarez
laminate, plastic tablecloth, knotted netting, acrylic paint, graphite, iron stake, rocks, paper mache, charcoal, coil binding confetti
Zeke Peña & Tierra Firme (Sarita & Analise)
Oil and Cotton, Dallas, TX
site specific installation, water jugs, cotton rope, sumi ink, tempera paint, sand, rocks
The 11 year old boy depicted on the window is laying on the ground of the Texas desert. Heat stroke and thirsty. His ill mother is back home in Guatemala praying for his safe passage. He is on a journey with hopes to provide money for his mother’s medicine. But he won’t get up. He will pass to the other realm, the spirit world. His body won’t be found for weeks. The Tierra Firme and Waterbound collaboration explores the border, water, migration and border communities. Water jugs are left on migration routes along the border. These water jugs are often left with encouraging messages for the harsh journey migrants often face. Unfortunately there are also Border Patrol agents and private groups that sabotage these jugs by puncturing them, contaminating the water or removing them because they don't feel these people have the basic human right to access clean water. Many migrants die from thirst or other problems from the conditions they face on their journey. This installation is not only an homenaje (homage) to those who have lost their lives in search of a better one, but also an ofrenda (prayer/offering) for other migrants safe passage. The hand-made net challenges the idea of what borders are. The border divides but it also breaths and moves. Many people, communities and cultures get tangled in that net to give rise to something different. The Tierra Firme & Waterbound Collaboration is an attempt to understand the border and the broader cultural implications of the communities they affect.