Border Cantos / Sonic Border
August 10 – December 9, 2018
Border Cantos/Sonic Border brings together the sights and sounds of the Mexican-American border through a transformative, multi-sensory experience. This unique collaboration between American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican American sculptor/composer Guillermo Galindo, uses the power of art to explore and humanize the complex issues surrounding the United States-Mexico border. Misrach, who has photographed the border since 2004, documents landscapes and objects, including things left behind by migrants. Large-scale photographs highlight issues surrounding migration and its effect on regions and people. Responding to these photographs, Galindo fashioned sound-generating sculptures from items Misrach collected along the border, such as water bottles, Border Patrol “drag tires,” spent shotgun shells, ladders, and sections of the border wall itself. The sounds produced from Galindo’s four-hour composition give voices to people through the personal belongings they have left behind. This exhibition is organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, with generous support provided by Art Bridges.
RICHARD MISRACH Wall (El Muro), Jacumba, California 2009 Pigment Print 80 x 106 inches
© Richard Misrach, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, Pace/MacGill Gallery,
New York and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles.
GUILLERMO GALINDO Shell Piñata (Piñata de casquillos) 2014 Sheet Metal and shotgun shell casings 17 x 30 x 30 inches
Courtesy of the artist, photo by Richard Misrach