Border Cantos

18 Feb — 24 Apr 2017 at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, United States

16 MARCH 2017
Border Cantos. Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Border Cantos. Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Border Cantos, a 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. His large-scale photographs, along with grids of smaller photos, 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 they produce give voices to people through the personal belongings they have left behind.

Presented in English and Spanish, Border Cantos offers perspective on the challenges of migration, inviting us to bridge boundaries.

Border Cantos premiered at San Jose Museum of Art and then travels to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, before it arrives at Crystal Bridges.