Flagstaff Photo Center with RAEchel RUNNING
NEPANTLA: A Visual Odyssey
Dia De Los Muertes
1st Friday Nov 2 through Nov 28
NEPANTLA-Tierra Entre Medio/Between Worlds,
explores the cultural and land connection of the Gran Chichimeca,
the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.
Beyond the BORDER: The Wall.The People.The Land.
Flagstaff Cultural Partners and the Flagstaff Photo Center
September 28 through October 27, 2012
I myself have come to a crossroads and life changes of living between Mexico and the US these past five years. The are feelings of being caught between worlds. After living in Chihuahua, Mexico I’ve come to see the connections between our countries and the cultures who share the ancient history of the Americas, the edges that separate and connect. It is tragic and brave, fierce and tender. Borders exist between people and countries but it is also the place where we can unite. It is a place that inspires those of us who look for the light in the shadows.
My current body of work explores these cultural edges. I am inspired by the symbol of the T-door bridging the Americas. It is a metaphor along with the plumbed serpent, clouds, maps, cultural icons like the “Sleeping Mexican” and the images made from everyday life like the Mexican bingo game, Loteria. The past and the present, the elements of duality and cultural identity. My thoughts are constantly weaving ideas and symbols I’ve seen from Northern Mexico’s Sierra Madre, to the awe inspiring history of Teotihuacan to the Colorado Plateau, the mesas and the canyons, pop culture and the Indigenous cultures of the Americas.
Out of the despair and tragedy there is something beautiful and passionate that is hopeful because what I have learnt from being in my Mexico is not about being afraid but the Spirit of resiliency and courage to dream against the odds.
When united the magic of artistic expression and the bonds of kinship go beyond borders and the love knows no bounds. When you love the land and the people there are ways to transform borders into bridges of understanding.
|Maternity Care in Copper Canyon, Chihuahua, MEXICO One Heart World Wide and Ranch Feliz|
RANCHO FELIZ & ONE HEART WORLD WIDE Maternity Care Copper Canyon
|Cross My Heart US/MEXICO Borderlands|
El Hijo Del la Frontera Y La Nuestra Senora de Agua