Borderlands is a work in progress that documents both the virtual and physical US/Mexican Border.
After the 2016 presidential election, I began to visit Google Maps to study the wall that separates California from Mexico. I noticed that glitches in the mapping software allow users to slip through the wall into foreign territories. In August 2017, I traveled to California and made over 200 photographs along the border.
My series Borderlands reimagines the U.S./Mexican border landscape; it includes views of the land that are visually truncated and deteriorating. The series consists of “straight” photographs made on sight in California, video stills from Google Maps explorations, and unique screen-prints that picture landscapes that simultaneously exist in virtual and physical space. In these prints, I over-layer internet iconography, intentionally compress views of the United States and Mexico into the same image, and reintegrate these spaces in order illustrate their interconnectedness, despite the politics that renders them separate.