In February 2016, Palestinian artist, Khaled Jarrar, installed a new artwork, made from stolen parts of the US / Mexico border wall, in Juarez, Mexico. “This work is a monument to the global issue of migration and the struggle for marginalized and displaced people to rise above physical and psychological challenges.”
Against the backdrop of the US Presidential election and the Pope’s recent visit to Mexico, Khaled had been traveling along the US / Mexican border since 27th January 2016 as part of the CULTURUNNERS 2016 ‘Campaign Trail’. Khaled's journey included community talks and pop-up events in San Diego (San Diego Art Institute & Low Art Gallery), Tijuana (La Caja Galeria), Las Cruces (New Mexico State University), El Paso and Juarez where he finally installed the Monument last week.
“In creating this monument, I want to connect communities and explore comparisons and common concerns between this wall and the wall I live with every day in my home city of Ramallah, Palestine.”
Khaled, who was in the US for the first time, embarked on this journey specifically to develop a project called No Man’s Land which explores the politics of border control and human mobility across physical and ideological frontiers. In 2015 Khaled was famously barred from entering the United States to attend a landmark exhibition featuring his work at the New Museum in New York. He was stopped by Israeli Security Forces and prevented from leaving his native Palestine in order to attend the event. He managed to join a panel discussion at the Museum only via Skype and promised to return to the US when allowed.
Photographs by John Mireles
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