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Migrants' cast off belongings become art

Marlon Bishop and Alicia Fernandez reporting from United States

Artist Deborah McCollough has a collection of 400 toothbrushes found in the desert, thrown away by migrants. Garbage to anyone else, for her these are a source of inspiration. She and a handful of other artists living near the Mexican border in Arizona have turned these belongings into art: statues of weeping mothers made with old clothes; altars made of old underwear, pills and passport photos; abstract designs made of old tin cans. "It's a powerful way to show things that help us empathize with migrants," says McCollough.





From Discarded Belongings to Border Art

by Marlon Bishop


Aug. 28, 2015

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The Peculiar Sadness of a Toothbrush

by Marlon Bishop


Aug. 13, 2015

Alvaro Enciso is an artist with a mission, but you wouldn't know it by looking at his art. His sculptures are all curving metal and colored abstract forms. They certainly don't look like what they are: tuna cans cast aside by migrants crossing the Arizona border from Mexico. "If you look at this, to you it doesn't look like anything about migrants" Enciso says. "But that's the idea: you say, 'Wow, what is this all about'"

Enciso collects his cans in the deserts south of Tucson, Arizona, where he lives. They aren't the only thing that gets left behind as …

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Destierran vestigios y les dan vida con arte

by Alicia Fernandez


July 27, 2015

Arivaca, Arizona -- Mochilas, juguetes de ninos, ropa, desechos de latas de atun, pastas dentales, cepillos, manteles bordados, guantes, zapatos, cartas, medicinas, documentos, estampillas religiosas, biblias, fotografias de familia, son algunos de los articulos que van quedando como senales de la presencia de quienes se trasladan de un pais a otro de forma clandestina.

En las rutas marcadas por los migrantes que cruzan sin documentos la frontera entre Mexico y Estados Unidos, por el desierto de Sonora, se encuentra esparcida una diversidad de objetos que para muchos son basura, sin embargo, para varios artistas que viven en la zona fronteriza …

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Articulos en el Desierto

by Alicia Fernandez


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