chihuahua desert


Every itinerary comprises three parts:
The first part consists in the artist’s journey itself. The concept of the journey is defined by Maria Rebecca Ballestra as a research method in which she physically and psychologically confronts conditions of the environment, therefore she explores and experiences possibilities of diverse viewpoints and processes.
The second part is formed of an artistic production indicating the insights, experience and research result Ballestra made during the journeys.
In the third part is invited a researcher to contribute with a written text regarding the geopolitical or anthropological contexts of the corresponding desert.

the journey: chihuahua desert
The sixth step of the project, The Chihuahuan Desert covers the northern half of the state of Chihuahua (Mexico) and is the third largest desert of the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in North America, after the Great Basin.

the art work:
Maria Rebecca and Fiona worked together on a collaborative project that advances understandings between art and anthropology relating to the environment: the installation Cabinet Anthropologique and the performance Border Lines.

local support: santa fe art institute (sfai)
Maria Rebecca was invited by Fiona P. McDonald to participate in a project on Water, Art, Anthropology, and the Anthropocene at SFAI in Santa Fe, whose mission is to invest in community, culture, and place to reimagine a more equitable world.