LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican BorderLA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican BorderLA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border  LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border

LA FRONTERA: Artists Along the US Mexican Border

“A Vale of Terror, Transcended: Artists Explore Immigration, Border Issues, and the Drug War”

These images, compiled by the photographer Stefan Falke, document various artists with their works along the U.S. Mexican border. Falke pieced together these artworks in a project attempting to present the border as “not a space of absence but of life.” Growing up in a divided Germany before moving to his current residence in New York, Falke is familiar with the role borders may play in a community, wary of “the mainstream portrayal of the border area as a dangerous place without much to offer.” In this project, La Frontera, Falke photographs 180 artists in Mexican cities and some U.S. cities along the border. The photos convey the rich cultural environments that exist in these places despite the extreme violence escalating in recent years. The art captured in these photos often examines the dangerous climate in these border communities along with the vibrant traditions that continue to persist amidst the insecurity. Artists deal with themes of immigration, injustice, violence, and everyday life in their communities, demonstrating the many different faces of life on the border. The border itself often becomes a feature in these works, symbolizing the concrete boundary between two nations, as well as the arbitrariness of the divide in this transnational region. As one transborder citizen contends, she does not belong to either country more than the other, for “the border is like a parentheses that is neither Mexico nor the United States.”


2 thoughts on “LA FRONTERA”

  1. It’s really interesting to think of borders as this strange in-between (or transnational) place, and I wonder how the feelings of these “transborder citizens” might compare to those of Kit, Port, and Tunner in “The Sheltering Sky.” How does the cosmopolitan feeling of entitlement to cross borders contrast with feelings of a lack of belonging in people who are constantly crossing borders, or who live in one of these transnational, border spaces? Could there be any similarities in their perspectives?


  2. I love this creative look at the physical realities of national boundaries. When you’re gathering information about cross-border movement and its ramifications through media reports, it’s so easy to forget about what’s actually happening on the ground; what is the shape of the lives that are playing out amidst the violence? When sensationalism becomes the norm, it’s really important to take a step back and spend a moment observing the ever-present pulse underneath the broad narrative strokes that are constructed by the media- and ideo-scapes.

    – Isabella Mckinley-Corbo


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