On Borders, Art and Protest



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Deported Veterans Mural at the U.S.-Mexico border. Photo Griselda San Martín. Source: El Tecolote
Last week, Laura Waxmann published an article on the website El Tecolote about the political action of deported US veterans. On the wall marking the border between US and Mexico, the veterans drew an inverted US flag and are adding the names of other deported veterans. Maxmann notes that the inverted flag is a universal sign of distress and distress is in fact all too visible in the narratives she collected from the veterans and presents in her article 'Deported: U.S. veterans’ plight at the border'.

Art at the borders and of borders is often enacted as a form of political action against increasing border controls. In the US, artists from the West Coast have used the monarch butterfly as a symbol to express both the beauty of migration and its ‘naturalness’, if you will. The monarch butterfly is famous for its seasonal migration between Canada and Mexico, a journey that sees the passing of three to four generations of butterflies. Cristina Constatini’s article 'Hopeful,'Unapologetic' Art Rebrands the Immigration Movement', published earlier this year by ABC News, explores the different ways in which this butterfly has been appropriated as a symbol in migrants' political actions and is well worth a read.

'Migration is Beautiful' by John Carr and Favianna Rodriguez. Source: abc News
On the academic front, art in protests in the context of border control has not been left unattended either. Here are just a few academic contributions:

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