chihuahua desert: political and geographical meanings of borders

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 Chihuahuan Desert covers parts of Mexico and the United States (Texas, New Mexico and Arizona).  On the Mexican side, it covers the northern half of the state of Chihuahua. The Chihuahua Desert is the third largest desert of the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in North America, after the Great Basin

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the art works:

The Installation Cabinet Anthropologique and the performance Border Lines

local support

Maria Rebecca was invited Fiona P. McDonald to participate in a 1-week creative project on “Water, Art, Anthropology, and the Anthropocene.” at the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Maria Rebecca and Fiona worked together at the Santa Fe Art Institute, on a collaborative project that advances understandings between art and anthropology relating to the environment.