This work is from a series of collages representing the burdens and limitations imposed by the U.S. on immigrants, the least of which is being labeled “animals,” “rapists,” and “enemies.” These works are collages of photos taken along the Arizona-Mexico border in 2018. The “hooded man” in each work represents all immigrants and each work displays devices used by the U.S. to limit border crossings.
In this work, the concertina wire is from the border wall at Nogales.
The image on the figure’s back is of a metal plate on top of the border wall at Lochiel, Arizona.
The tire/chain is a device used by the border patrol near Lochiel, Arizona to smooth dirt roads by dragging it behind a vehicle in order to make footsteps of border crossers more visible.
Barbed wire at the border wall.
The metal spikes around the neck is a device used by the border patrol near Lochiel, Arizona to put grooves in dirt roads by dragging it behind a vehicle in order to make footsteps of border crossers more visible.
The bars are part of the border wall at Nogales at the Arizona-Mexico border.
The “necklace” is an evidence tape used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection along the Arizona-Mexico border at Sasabe.
The vertical “spikes” are shadows of the border wall at Sasabe on the Arizona-Mexico border.
The cable around the neck is used to lock down steel bars to concrete roadways near Lochiel, Arizona.
Original U.S.-Mexico stone border markers near Lochiel, Arizona.