sonoran desert: unhumanize

Every itinerary comprises three parts:
The first part consist in the artist’s journey itself. The concept of the journey is defined by Maria Rebecca Ballestra as research method in which she physically and psychologically confronts conditions of the environment, therefore she explores and experiences possibilities of divers 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: sonoran desert
is a North American desert which covers large parts of the Southwestern United States in Arizona and California, and of Northwestern Mexico in Sonora, Baja California and Baja California Sur. It is the hottest desert in North America, with an area of 260,000 square kilometers. The western portion of the United States–Mexico border passes through the Sonoran Desert.


the desert

the art work: unhumanize
Maria Rebecca Ballestra found herself during her journey through the Sonoran desert close to the condition John Robinson Jeffers expresses in his poem Carmel Point




in-humanism, work Maria Rebecca Ballestra

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local support:
this itinerary started during the walking art residencey at Signal Fire. Signal Fire provides opportunities for artists and activists to engage in the natural world. Its projects instill self-reliance, catalyze creative energy, and invite interdisciplinary collaboration. It utilizes public lands to advocate for the access to — and protection of — our remaining wild and open places in order to enrich and sustain society.

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