“X”, Digital Photograph, 2022
My photograph “X” (2022) was featured in the international exhibition “Horizonites” curated by Chantelle Mitchell & Jaxon Waterhouse at Post Office Projects on Kaurna Land in historic Port Adelaide, Australia. The show ran from February 4 to March 1, 2023 and featured photography submissions from all over the world. My photograph documents the border wall divide between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez with noted “X” monument to the Mexican people marking the division of the cities.
Below is some text from the show:
“It is said that there was once a poem that divided a people. Whilst it was nothing special, although certainly nothing derivative, the verse cleaved a community in two. For some who heard it, the poem instilled a sense of awe or wonderment at the horizon — the scant layer of haze where land and sky merged in the farthest distance. They saw in this woozy line a new land, a plain of potentiality. Their critics, however, decried them for their rejection of the actual plains in favour of a land that was illusory. It is said that this schism continues to reverberate, and is the basis of the distrust those who live in the interior of the continent have for those who occupy the edges.
Horizonites emerges from our interest in the devotion that underpinned this conflict and the way in which time, planetarity and connectivity tangle themselves about the horizon line – that ever-present bisection of space that informs much of our existence. The Horizonites are a fictional faction, brought to life by author Gerald Murnane in The Plains (1982). This novel unfurls amidst the oppressive heat of the inland and the rustle of yellowing brush spreading out across paddocks and landscapes. Murnane’s prose captures the diffuse, shifting and obsessive qualities of the horizon, telling the story of those who seek some way in which to understand, and capture the horizon. This exhibition brings together works submitted by photographers from across the globe, realising an archive from a multiplicity of horizons distributed across time and space. Horizonites is an attempt to manifest the horizon; inviting, inscrutable and ineffable.”
hierve el agua, san lorenzo albarradas, oaxaca (2023)
Photography documenting the site of the “petrified waterfalls” of Hierve el Agua. Overlooking the Tecolutla Valley in Oaxaca, these natural rock formations resemble cascades of water due to the accumulation of minerals deposited by the bubbling spring water that has flowed down the rocks for thousands of years. The location draws significant tourism being one of only two calcified waterfalls in the world.
monte albán, santa cruz xoxocotlán, oaxaca (2023)
Photography documenting the archaeological zone of Monte Albán in the Valley of Oaxaca. The site of the Zapotec ruins marks one of the earliest cities in Mesoamerica. The metropolis was founded around 500 BC and served as a capital for 13 centuries.
carlsbad caverns, new mexico (2022)
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is in the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico. It features more than 100 caves.
sierra de guadalupe, west texas (2022)
Photography documenting the Guadalupe Mountain range in West Texas. The range has the highest summit point in Texas.
white sands, new mexico (2022)
The world’s largest white gypsum sand dunes located in the Tularosa Basin in the state of New Mexico. These unique dunes were slated to become a protected UNESCO world heritage site but the United States refused to have them designated as such because of concerns of having to shut down the surrounding military missile testing range they operate by the park.
fallas, ciudad de méxico (2023)
A series of photographs taken in Mexico City after the National Guard was deployed to metro stations in the wake of another deadly subway crash.
día de muertos, ciudad de méxico (2022)
A series of photographs documenting día de muertos celebrations in Mexico City, 2022.
marfa, marfa, texas
A series of photographs documenting the town of Marfa, Texas, where young Mexican children were forced into segregated schools by Anglo settlers to learn and speak English. The Blackwell School is one of the historical sites of this practice.
el paso – ciudad juarez, ciudad juarez, chihuahua – el paso, texas (2022)
A series of photographs documenting the cities of Juarez and El Paso which are divided by the United States militarized border.