BLNP, 2016-Ongoing
Galvanized Metal Signage, In-Situ Installation, Graphic Branding Strategy, Co-opted Nationalist Rhetoric

Project Type: Conceptual Art, Protest Art, Performance Art, Performance, Installation Design


Borderlands National Park surveys a beautiful, wild and highly politicized landscape at the edges of two countries and two cultures. The project questions the concept of protected lands in this complex environment. The National Park Service’s stated mission is to protect and preserve America’s unimpaired natural and cultural resources. If National Parks were established to preserve noble American relics and landscapes, then what would today’s society preserve? What do we believe in most? Which monuments represent us and our national dialogue the most?
Borderlands National Park was deployed through a series of art-installations on-site and off, crafted objects as souvenirs and a co-opted Nationalistic dialogue. The art disguises itself as an economic development and tourism campaign to visit the borderlands. Layered in it’s approach, the project takes monuments of colonialism and security-architecture and brands them as tourist destinations, or relics of American excellence. Ultimately, Borderlands National Park is a tongue-in-cheek effort to blur the lines between environmental protection, national-security, immigration and racism.
Welcome to Borderlands National Park! 
Where good fences make good neighbors!
The Borderlands National Park map is crucial to the conception of this project. The anomalies in the landscape, the ignored relationships -- both natural and cultural -between Mexico and the United States are clear in the representation yet ignored. Security-architecture relics are recognized as tourist destinations. Protected lands of all forms are mapped: national park, national forest and Native American reservations, creating a sort of pearl necklace. Again, what do we protect in this country and why?
Signage was used to delineate the Borderlands and highlight anomalies within the contested environment. Security architecture, sites of erased histories and relics of racism were highlighted and juxtaposed. I personally fabricated the galvanized metal signs through a series of painting, sanding and creating vinyl decals. 
In-situ art installation: Borderlands National Park
Location: El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juarex, MX
Off-site art installation: Borderlands National Park Gift Shop
Location: Wurster Hall, Berkeley California

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