One of only a few Estamos Buscando A fragments, this work operates as a both a reference to the original site-specific work and moquette for the large-scale installation. It is perfect for a private collection. Intimate and transformative, it includes some of the first images made for the site-specific work made from 2001 - 2004. It will be on view in the 2018 El Paso | Juarez Transborder Biennial this June - September.
When these portraits were originally concieved they were printed on large-scale, 30 lbs. steel plates, which were then affixed on the border wall at the locations where the photographs had been made in Tijuana between the Pacific Ocean and the San Ysidro Port of Entry. By permanently affixing the steel plate photographs to the original border wall in Mexico, the retablos served as signs of respect and homage to those photographed, as well as spiritual signs for other migrants who would come upon them. Works remained until dulled or dismantled; harsh conditions deteriorated the prints, and interventions by the Mexican Government resulted in their removal. Whether sun-bleached prints, or simply rivvet-holes remained, the mark of the portraits's presence, like the subjects they depicted, endured as an element in the landscape.