Border Cantos | Sonic Borders is a collaboration between American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican-American artist and composer Guillermo Galindo that explores the complexities of the southern border through photography, sculpture, and sound, inviting us to bridge boundaries and initiate important conversations. The exhibition humanizes the Mexican-American border, inviting visitors to engage with the complex—and often misunderstood—experiences of those seeking a better life in the United States.
Both artists address fraught topics touching on politics, the environment, and humanitarian issues. Misrach is well-known for his expansive images focusing on the ways humans interact with and impact the natural world, while Galindo is inspired by the Mesoamerican belief that one can bring out the spiritual essence of an object's past. Galindo's 260-minute composition Sonic Borders, which can be heard playing within the gallery, employs eight musical instruments the artist created from objects discarded near the border.
Together the photographs, objects, and sonic composition introduce distinct yet interrelated ways of experiencing the human consequences of immigration policies. By offering evidence of those who have journeyed through the borderlands in pursuit of their hopes and dreams, Misrach and Galindo encourage empathy for the plight of migrants everywhere. Border Cantos | Sonic Borders offers the Quad Cities community a vital opportunity to come together with empathy, understanding, and connection.
Premier Sponsor: Art Bridges
Contributing sponsor: Tom and Brooke Terronez