Photo: Zone of Contention: Border Exhibit
A new art exhibition entitled Zone of Contention: The U.S. / Mexico Border opened at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. This new exhibit features the works of twelve artists depicting how the border conflicts not only affect the people involved but also impact North Carolina specifically the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The artists planned the exhibit for many months while also discussing the topic with local community members and university faculty. The end result features a variety of different pieces using photography, sculptures, works on paper, video and new media. Together, the exhibition, which is being held in two 1st floor galleries at the museum, touches on the subjects of migrant labor, immigration law, national sovereignty, as well as border control.
The exhibition is the first in a series focusing on the effects of global conflict and how this affects Greensboro, North Carolina. Of the twelve artists involved in the exhibit, only one is originally from México, Pedro Reyes of México City, while Rafael Lozano Hemmer hails from Montreal, Canada. Perry Vasquez and Victor Payan are both from San Diego, California, while Andrea Bowers comes from Los Angeles. David Taylor is from New Mexico and Blane De St. Croix comes from New York City, New York. Other artists include Dan S. Wang from Chicago, Illinois and Nicolas Lampert from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Susan Harbage Page and Pedro Lasch are from Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina while Todd Drake is a local artist originally from Greensboro, North Carolina.