Cross-ing El Río Grande, un memorial para los no identificados

17” x 10”
Dry tree branches, rosaries, red beads, and string.

This work speaks about the journey of those who cross the border from Mexico into the United States in search for a better life, but who die before reaching habitable areas. There are hundreds of people every year that attempt to reach the American Dream and succumb to the elements. These people that die on their journey are sometimes never found, identified, or claimed. They don’t get to receive a proper burial. Each rosary in this installation symbolizes a death at the border and carries a prayer for every man, woman or child that has passed away in those circumstances.

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