Zone of Contention: The U.S./Mexico Border

  • Jun 16, 2012 – Sep 2, 2012
  • The Leah Louise B. Tannenbaum Gallery, The Louise D. and Herbert S. Falk, Sr. Gallery
Susan Harbage Page, "Untitled (wallet and contents, Brownsville, TX,
2008) from The U.S./Mexico Border Project", 2007-2011, archival digital
print, 38 x 38 in. Courtesy of the artist and Flanders Gallery, Raleigh,

Did you know?

As of February 10, 2012, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has completed 651 miles of fencing along the 1,993-mile U.S./Mexico border, at cost of approximately $3 billion.

This exhibition focuses on artists’ investigations of issues related to the U.S./Mexico border, a geographic area of much debate and contention. Through photography, sculpture, works on paper, video, and new media, subjects such as migrant labor, immigration law, national sovereignty, the Dream Act, and border control will be examined in terms of their current social and ideological impact. 

The exhibition features new and recent works by artists from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, including Andrea Bowers (Los Angeles, CA), Blane de St. Croix (New York, NY), Todd Drake (Greensboro, NC), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Montreal, Canada), Nicolas Lampert & Dan S. Wang (Milwaukee, WI/Chicago, IL), Pedro Lasch (Durham, NC), Susan Harbage Page (Chapel Hill, NC), Pedro Reyes (Mexico City, Mexico), David Taylor (Las Cruces, NM), and Perry Vasquez/Victor Payan (San Diego, CA).

Zone of Contention: The U.S./Mexico Border is organized by Xandra Eden, Curator of Exhibitions, and will be accompanied by a bilingual brochure. 

Special thanks to Diana Dau, Curatorial Intern, and the Zone Team.

Click here for a PDF of the Zone of Contention gallery guide.

Click here for a Spanish version of the Zone of Contention: The U.S./Mexico Border press release.

Related programs:

Talk & Dig • Fri Jun 15 @ 10:30am

Summer Solstice Party • Jun 15 @ 6:30pm

Noon @ the 'Spoon • Tue Jul 10 @ 12pm

Film: The Guestworker • Thu Aug 23 @ 7pm

Exhibition Tour • Thu Aug 30 @ 6pm

Lecture: Paul Cuadros • Thu Aug 30 @ 7pm

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