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Icons & Symbols of the Borderland: Art from the US-Mexico Crossroads

Diana Molina

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Wall or no wall? View the US-Mexico borderland saga through the eyes of artists who’ve lived it. More than 100 artworks represent a variety of mediums, from large paintings to mixed-media collage, neon, photography, and sculpture. Based on a traveling exhibit by members of the El Paso-based JUNTOS Art Association, the images explore the region’s animal and plant ecosystems, food and religious culture, and history. The artists reflect deep roots both north and south of the border and the inherent Mestizaje, a blend of Indigenous, Mexican and American heritage across the length of the bicultural, binational landscape. Their work makes vibrant personal and political statements that speak constructively about how to move forward in this fraught region. Combined with accompanying essays, this book shares a rare, close-up view of the US-Mexico crossroads at a critical point in US history.

Size: 10" x 10" | 144 color images | 192 pp
ISBN13: 9780764358937

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Diana Molina, curator for the Icons and Symbols of the Borderland exhibit, has served as the creative director for the Juntos Art Association since 2012. Born a half mile from the US-Mexico boundary, her own artwork across diverse mediums explores the limitations of life on the fringe while appealing to a universal audience. Molina spent a decade working in Amsterdam as a photographer and writer for international magazines, including Elle, Esquire, Geo, Marie Claire, National Geographic Traveler, and Vogue, as well as the book Amsterdam: Small Town, Big City (1996). She also created photographic collections for the Netherlands Bureau of Tourism and Gamma Press with worldwide distribution. Molina had her first solo exhibition about the indigenous culture at the World Museum of Art in Rotterdam. Her exhibits have been widely shown in art and science museums in the United States and Europe.