Artist Ana Teresa Fernandez and members of the cultural organization Border/Arte painted a segment of the border fence separating Mexico and the United States Saturday, in an attempt to make it disappear.
The artists and community workers worked on sections of the fence along the border in Baja California, Sonora and Ciudad Juarez, painting it a sky blue in a project called “Borrando la Frontera,” Spanish for Erasing the Border.
The color makes the fence blend into the background and seemingly disappear when looking at it from a distance in the mostly desert landscape, according to the group.
According to a statement on the artist's website, “the blue-painted fence represents not just a new view, but a way of reflecting on the experience of the border and connecting with others whose lives are impacted by the fence.”
This is not the first time the Mexican-born artist took to the fence with paint. In 2011 she did her first performance of “Borrando la Frontera,” where she painted a 50-foot segment of the wall while wearing a black cocktail dress and pumps.
The artist decided to go back to the wall on April 9 after being inundated with messages from Juarez citizens eager to see their portion of the border erased as well, said Fernandez in a previous interview with the San Francisco Weekly, where she is now a resident.
This time, Fernandez continued the project with the Arizona-based Border/Arte, a collective of artists, culture workers and arts producers dedicated to bridging art with social issues, according to the group.
According to her website, Fernandez hopes to paint a section of the border in Texas in the near future, “where blue can once again serve as a portal to imagining a borderless society.”
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