Border Cantos

  • Year: 2016
  • Location: Aperture
  • Collaborators: Richard Misrach, Guillermo Galindo

Essays for the book Border Cantos, a collaboration between photographer Richard Misrach and composer Guillermo Galindo. Reviews in The Nation, Photo-eye, and Hyperallergic.


To speak of the contemporary border is to speak of nineteenth-century US expansionism and twentieth-century economic imperialism, decades of labor recruitment and labor deterrence, post-WWII industrialization and post-9/11 terror wars, pro-trade policies and anti-drug policies, Mexican drug supply and U.S. drug consumption, the pursuit of human rights and the violation of human rights, U.S. golf courses with their ninth holes in Mexico and two-bedroom American homes with the Border Wall in their backyard, and the open frontier of the Old West and the carceral frontier of the New West, where campfires become klieg lights and young mothers carry their infants across live gunnery ranges because, somehow, they’re safer than the open desert.