An art exhibition featuring images from the U.S.-Mexican border in the Sonoran Desert will be on display from Feb. 28 to May 29 at the University of La Verne College of Law.
“Fatal Beauty: The Border and the Sonoran Desert” is one of two exhibits to be showcased at the College of Law during the spring semester. The second, “what I Am Allowed To Be,” focuses on fresh gender perspectives in art relating to language, sexuality, relationships, politics, and religion. That exhibit, curated by Southern California artist Humberto Reynoso, runs through Feb. 17.
“This exhibition was student-generated,” College of Law Dean Gil Holmes said of the Reynoso exhibit. “The Pride Alliance student organization came to us with the concept and worked hard to see the project through. We were honored to present the show; it has generated strong community interest and support.”
“Fatal Beauty” includes images captured by artists Rogelio Briones and Daniel Salazar during their travels along the border in the Sonoran Desert.
“Most people view the border from the U.S. perspective,” Briones said. “By definition, the border has at least two perspectives. Fatal Beauty will present a multitude of viewpoints.”
Briones and Salazar travelled into the Tohono O’odham Nation, which straddles the United States – Mexico boundary.
“The Tohono O’odham people have a unique perspective regarding the border,” said Briones. “The United States and Mexico agreed on a line that split their nation in two; they have been living with that reality for years.”
Salazar is a Denver-based artist who studied at the University of Colorado, Pomona College, and Universidad Veracruzano, Mexico. He was a photographer for Disney World and worked with Chispa Productions, one of the first independent Chicano film production companies. Salazar’s films, videos and photography have been displayed throughout the United States, Mexico, Latin America, and Europe.
The exhibit also features the work of artists from Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery and Workshop in Tucson, Arizona. Artists include Linda Bohlke/Richard Jeltes (collaborative}, Elena Campbell, David Contreras, Alfaro Enciso, Juan Enriquez, Antonio C. Estrada, Ceci Garcia, Michael Hyatt, Carolyn King, Sarah Massey/Russell Stagg (collaborative), Pancho Medina, Clay Morgan, Pauline Pedregon, Martin Quintanilla, Alfred Quiroz, John Salgado, C.J. Shane, Carmen Sonnes, Glory Tacheenie-Campoy, and Monica Zavala-Durazo.