I love my frontera. I was born en el otro lado pero criada en este lado. Generations of my family were born and buried on both sides of the dividing line. This beautiful, painful, creative place is my home. For years, I've been documenting the stories of border people, fronterizes. I've written historical works and poems. I've interviewed young people and elders. Most of all, I've listened with all my being.
I offer these photographs as an extension of my life's work. Perhaps you will see what I see when I travel the streets of this frontera, especially the historic Mexican barrios that ground my family's origin stories.
I hope that when you see them, you can see the beauty, the creativity, the love, the resilience and the resistance that I see amid the suffering and burdens that we carry here on la frontera.
South Central Alameda Street July 2022
My father used to tell me about sneaking into this theater to watch movies as a kid in the 1910s. It showed Spanish language films. In the 1940s, it was transformed into a "whites only" theater but that didn't last long. By the 1950s, it was headquarters to the Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers Union, a radical labor organization. Before it closed, it housed the Mine and Mill Bar.
This message is painted on the east side of the old Mission movie theater.
The bell tower of Guardian Angel Catholic Church, built in the 1910s to serve the growing Mexican immigrant community in what was then the "east side" of El Paso.
This pinata shop caught my attention as I was driving west on Alameda Street on my way to work.
Hawaiian dancer, Alameda Street.
Unicorn pinata on Alameda Street.
Proud graduate pinata.
Love message on the east side exterior wall of the old Mission Theater.
Segundo Barrio Father Rahm Street July 2022
Looking into Padre Pinto Plaza, Sagrado Corazon Catholic Church.
Treasures on the window sill.
Esperando el bus.
La Virgensita en la frontera
Woman reflected on la Virgencita, Segundo Barrio, 2021.
La Virgen de Guadalupe, 12 de diciembre 2017, Centro de Trabajadores Agricolas, El Paso
Protecting Barrio Duranguito 2019
Cd Juarez downtown December 2017
Raramuri father and son musicians, downtown Juarez, 2017.
The smell of copal, downtown Juarez, December 2017.
Ciudad Juarez limpia, downtown, December 2017.
Selling at the mercado, downtown Juarez, December 2017
Telcel payaso, downtown Juarez, December 2017
La Mariscal, Ciudad Juarez, 2017
Dos perros, La Mariscal, December 2017
Mujer con cabello verde, La Mariscal, Juarez, December 2017.
Beautiful death, La Mariscal, Ciudad Juarez, December 2017.
Tin Tan, La Mariscal, Ciudad Juarez, December 2017.
Montana Vista 2019
Red high heels in the desert 2019
El Centro July 2022
A tree reaches out to Oscar Zeta Acosta (mural by Lxs Dos), El Paso, Texas July 2022