United States/Mexico Border

  • US/Mexico Border, 1989


    For those who are crossing, an arrest is a stopping. Paths are temporarily reversed and people are often sent back to the countries and conditions they fled. The migrants say that when rich Americans want gardeners and maids, they allow the 'undocumented workers' to proceed. When they have enough, the rest are scooped up like garbage and disposed of.


    For those who remain, we Americans rarely ask who they are or why this is the choice they have made. So we pass the silent faces on the street, in the stores, even in our own homes. We see their eyes, but we don't know what their eyes have seen or what they see in us.


    -Introduction for exhibition of "Crossings" at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1990