From BordersCruzadas to Borderlines

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2023 6 – 7:30 pm

625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, IL 60654

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Sponsored by EXPO Chicago | Presented by CASE Art Fund & ART WORKS Projects

Cathy Edelman, co-founder of CASE Art Fund, and photojournalists Wil Sands and Oscar B. Castillo will be in conversation about the very complex issue facing the US/Mexican border.

Borderlines is CASE Art Fund’s ongoing photographic exhibition about the Juarez/Texas/New Mexico border. At EXPO Chicago, CASE recreates the Sunland Park, NM desert, the site of the most recent cros­­sings in the El Paso region. The exhibit includes images of the terrain, objects found in the desert, photographs and videos of helicopters and border patrol searching the desert, and a poignant interview from a local proprietor whose business is the site of most desert crossings today and in 2022.

BordersCruzadas: A Collaborative Story is an exhibition in development by Sands and Castillo, which recognizes that people impacted by displacement are often excluded from the conversations that determine their fate. Through documentary photography and content created with four people fleeing their homeland, BordersCruzadas explores the physical and symbolic boundaries that define the lived experience of those seeking to cross the United States’ southern border.

Castillo/Sands will continue to expand BordersCruzadas in 2023-2024 as Diane Danmeyer Fellows through Columbia College Chicago. This support will ensure deepened community engagement and research around migrant storytelling that promotes activism and policy change.