LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US-Mexico Border

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My name is Stefan Falke, a photographer based in New York City.  My email: stefanfalke@mac.com

Over the last ten years I traveled to most major and some smaller cities on both sides of the 2000 miles long U.S. -Mexico border
and photographed about 200 painters, photographers, musicians, writers, dancers, architects and art promoters in order to shine a spotlight on the vibrant cultural activities and cross-border opportunities that exist despite the tremendous challenges in this bi-national region.

My project is personal.
The funds from exhibitions and publications, a grant from a German photography foundation and two former online fundraisers over the last 10 years were essential to get to this point but in order to move forward, to maintain the website , to keep sharing stories and events on social media, to produce prints for exhibitions, and to continue traveling to the border to shoot larger photo essays and conduct interviews with selected artists ... for that I am asking for your kind support. 

The region has particular significance to me since I was born in  Germany where a border divided my country in East and West until it came down in 1989. Still the steel ‘wall’ between the US and Mexico is growing in length and hight and does its part to create a physiological and physical barrier between the United States and Mexico.  

You can help to grow my LA FRONTERA project.

(Photos © Stefan Falke)

LA FRONTERA has been shown in solo exhibitions in international galleries, photo festivals and museums, like at Photoville in New York (USA), Triennale der Photographie Hamburg (Germany), Festival Tijuana Interzona (Mexico), IMAS - International Museum for Art and Science, McAllen, Texas (USA), The Cervantes Institute, Cultural Institute of Spain, Frankfurt (Germany), Galeria 409, Brownsville, Texas, (USA), The Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, D.C. (USA), CEART Mexicali, (Mexico), Deutsches Haus at NYU, New York City (USA) ... just to name a few. The latest exhibition just opened in Leipzig, Germany.

In the last year
 I have been focussing on artists who work specifically with border and migration related issues and/or are migrants themselves, like Artists Fronterizas (photo below), the three opera singing women who perform on both sides to promote cross border culture (their story here ), or Tom Kiefer (last photo) who collects and photographs migrants possessions taken from them and thrown away by the border patrol (his story here ), or Nixon Tervine, the Haitian artist whose journey through all of South America ended in Mexicali and who sells his art to motorists crossing the border north (his story here ), or Alvaro Enciso (above) who puts up crosses in the Sonoran Desert to remember migrants who did not survive the long journey north (his story here ). 

35245370_154457386528680_r.jpegArtists Fronterizas in Playas de Tijuana (Photo © Stefan Falke)

I photographed artists in Tijuana, Tecate, Mexicali, San Luis Rio Colorado, Naco, Nogales, Agua Prieta, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevos Laredo, Reynosa, and Matamoros as well as in Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, El Paso, Tuscon, Sells, Ajo, and San Diego.

The project was featured by The New York Times, Huffington Post, WIRED, BBC, and many others.

My personal website:  www.stefanfalke.com

My personal email: stefanfalke@mac.com

LA FRONTERA: borderartists.com

LA FRONTERA on Instagram: @borderartists 

LA FRONTERA on Facebook: facebook.com/LaFronteraArtistsAlongTheUsMexicanBorder

Cover: a video of stills of all 200+ artists I have photographed on oth sides of the order, so far ( © Stefan Falke )

Cover image of video: 
Photographer Raechel Running with a bi-national flag at the border in Agua Prieta, Mexico (photo © Stefan Falke)


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American Space in Leipzig/Germany interviewed me about the La Frontera project (in German):
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I was invited to take part in the traveling group show LENS ON THE BORDER, organized by Dan Millis, the Borderlands Program Manager of the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter, curated and designed by Raechel Running (who also has her wonderful work in the exhibition:)
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