ABOUT THE BORDERLANDS ARCHIVE
The Borderlands Archive is an institution dedicated to documenting connections across territorial divide through the collection of meaningful objects. Despite the numerous monumental attempts to divide the space between the U.S. and Mexico, the Borderlands Archive makes stories of peoples’ material and mental cross-border connections, physically present.
The ‘BLA’ explores ideas of territory, belonging and cross-border connections through the collection and preservation of found, discarded, personal objects. Together, the contributed objects form an archive of stories about relationships to a complex territory between two countries.
The BLA seeks to:
Collect, preserve, and document (digitally and physically) contributed materials from borderland spaces.
Photographically archive as many contributed artifacts as possible.
Document artifacts through photography to make stories of peoples’ material and mental connections, physically present.
Form an alternative historical record through collected artifacts that trumps American narratives of territorial division
Facilitate a public-art project that reframes everyday objects as artifacts of a narrative
Chief Archivist and Artist
borderlandsarchive @ gmail dot com