Erasing the Border

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Erasing the Border

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The Borrando la Frontera, or Erasing the Border, project took place on April 9 in Baja California, Sonora, and Ciudad Juarez, as members of the cultural organization Border/Arte “removed” parts of the U.S.-Mexico border fence in three places by painting large sections sky blue, allowing the fence to visually blend into the background. The artist Ana Teresa Fernández says the project is an effort to symbolically erase a long-standing physical barrier that separates families and causes widespread misery.

 Volunteers paint the border fence between the United States and Mexico to give the illusion of transparency during the Borrando la Frontera, or Erasing the Border, art project in Mexicali, Mexico, on April 9, 2016.  Sandy Huffaker / Reuters

Volunteers paint the border fence between the United States and Mexico to give the illusion of transparency during the Borrando la Frontera, or Erasing the Border, art project in Mexicali, Mexico, on April 9, 2016.

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 Volunteers paint the border fence between the United States and Mexico in Mexicali, Mexico, on April 9, 2016.  #   Sandy Huffaker / Reuters

Volunteers paint the border fence between the United States and Mexico in Mexicali, Mexico, on April 9, 2016. #

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 Volunteers Brooke Collins (left) and Ana Lucia Lopez paint the border-fence blue, while two doves sit on top of the wall between the United States and Mexico on April 9, 2016.  Sandy Huffaker / Reuters

Volunteers Brooke Collins (left) and Ana Lucia Lopez paint the border-fence blue, while two doves sit on top of the wall between the United States and Mexico on April 9, 2016.

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 The artist Ana Teresa Fernández (in black) and members of Border/Arte paint the border-fence near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on April 9, 2016.  Jose Luis Gonzalez / Reuters

The artist Ana Teresa Fernández (in black) and members of Border/Arte paint the border-fence near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on April 9, 2016.

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 Part of the border-fence is blue after artist Ana Teresa Fernández and members of Border/Arte painted it, to give it the illusion of transparency during Borrando la Frontera, or Erasing the Border, art project on April 9, 2016.  Jose Luis Gonzalez / Reuters

Part of the border-fence is blue after artist Ana Teresa Fernández and members of Border/Arte painted it, to give it the illusion of transparency during Borrando la Frontera, or Erasing the Border, art project on April 9, 2016.

Jose Luis Gonzalez / Reuters

    Artist Ana Teresa Fernández and others paint the border-fence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on April 9, 2016.     Jose Luis Gonzalez / Reuters

 

Artist Ana Teresa Fernández and others paint the border-fence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on April 9, 2016.

 

Jose Luis Gonzalez / Reuters