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Border Cantos | Sonic Borders

This exhibition brings together the sights and the sounds of the Mexican-American border through a transformative and multi-sensory experience.

Available 12-18 Week Loan

Exhibition Images

  • Guillermo Galindo, Effigy

    Guillermo Galindo, Effigy, 2014. Immigrants' clothing, wood axis, and strings. 66 × 22 × 48 in. Art Bridges Collection.

  • Richard Misrach. Border Patrol target range, Boca Chica Highway, near Gulf of Mexico, Texas (Campo de tiro de la Patrulla Fronteriza, autopista de Boca Chica, cerca del golfo de México, Texas), 2013.

    Richard Misrach. Border Patrol target range, Boca Chica Highway, near Gulf of Mexico, Texas (Campo de tiro de la Patrulla Fronteriza, autopista de Boca Chica, cerca del golfo de México, Texas), 2013. Pigment print. 60 × 80 in. (152.4 × 203.2 cm). Courtesy of the artist

  • Richard Misrach. Wall, Jacumba, California (El muro, Jacumba, California), 2009.

    Richard Misrach. Wall, Jacumba, California (El muro, Jacumba, California), 2009. Pigment print. 60 × 80 in. (152.4 × 203.2 cm). Courtesy of the artist

  • Richard Misrach. Effigy #2, near Jacumba, California (Efigie no. 2, cerca de Jacumba, California), 2009.

    Richard Misrach. Effigy #2, near Jacumba, California (Efigie no. 2, cerca de Jacumba, California), 2009. Pigment print. 60 × 80 in. (152.4 × 203.2 cm). Courtesy of the artist

About the Exhibition

This exhibition brings together the sights and the sounds of the Mexican-American border through a transformative and multi-sensory experience. Photographer Richard Misrach and composer/artist Guillermo Galindo began collaborating in 2011, after both artists had created bodies of work inspired by the Mexican-American border region and its human impact. In today’s political climate, art surrounding this border is more relevant than ever, compelling us to put ourselves in the shoes of these migrants — to envision their journey.

Misrach’s large-scale photographs beautifully capture the various types of landscapes, textures, and experiences found across the almost 2,000-mile dividing line. But, by showing moments of disruption on the land, they also introduce a complicated look at policing the boundary.

Galindo’s installation Sonic Borders is an original score for eight instruments, created out of discarded objects found and collected at the border. The composition embraces the pre-Columbian belief that there was an intimate connection between an instrument and the material from which it was made, with no separation between spiritual and physical worlds. Based on the Mesoamerican “Venus calendar,” Sonic Borders plays for a total of 260 minutes and is separated into 13 cycles of 20 minutes. Within these cycles, the instruments play in small groups of two or more, or all together as an orchestra.

When experienced as a whole, the images, instruments, and emanating sounds create an immersive space in which to look, listen, and learn about the complicated issues surrounding the Mexican-American border. While the artists do not seek to provide solutions to these issues, they do provide insight into a place where most people have never ventured, creating a poignant connection that draws on our humanity.

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