In collaboration with Border/Arte, stands Borrando La Frontera (Erasing the Border), an art project throughout the Mexico/United States border to virtually erase the border by painting sky blues bringing the sky down to us.
Project director Mary Stephens explained to the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund that the goal is to “highlight the fusion of art and politics” and to “explore and imagine a move inclusive and just Arizona.”
On April 9th, artists gathered community members in Cuidad Juárez, Chichuahua; Agua Prieta, Sonora; and Mexicali, Baja California to “erase” sections of the wall. Artist Ana Teresa Fernandez and a group of others helped the Border Arte project; and M. Jenea Sanchez was the artistic coordinator for Agua Prieta, Sonora.
“I grew up on the US/Mexico border and have lived on both sides of the fence: in Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora,” said Sanchez to Border Arte. “My art practice became rooted in my quest not only to change that often negative perception, but to expose it.
“As an artist, I can have a voice in the public sphere that makes visual what the border means to me.”
Describing how often she would cross the border and relationships built with government custom agents, she found that her experience of the border was incredibly different that the perception of the people around her.
Sanchez believes that there has been an aesthetic movement with the border fence and the Douglas community. “We’re in the process of redefining who we are as a city and globally-relevant place,” she said. She expressed the human disregard of history and origin by the Mexican community and how artists are stepping up to her belief of being a “family” with both sides of the fence.
“To me, the movement is about the simple fact that we’re all the same, fence or no fence.”