By Kimberly T. Rodriguez
The NMSU University Art Gallery is hosting the exhibition “Between Here and There,” featuring artists Terri Warpinski and Paul Turounet. The exhibition contains many original photographs of the Borderlands, as well as visualizing Mexican emigrants traveling through the desert.
The artists created a border simulation and site-specific installation, followed by photographs of immigrants’ journey to the United States from Mexico.
“Originally my motivation was to expand the dialogue to a greater audience,” says Turounet, referring to dialogue regarding immigration.
The photographs in the exhibition are from personal encounters with immigrants and illustrate the conditions they face while trying to get to the U.S. Turounet’s focus was to give the viewer a sense of intimacy with the immigrants.
“I wanted to have a sense of humanity to come through,” he says. “I wanted there to be an emotional connection for the viewer to experience people that are marginalized, stereotyped. I wanted the viewer to experience them in a different way as if they were sitting across the table from these people.”
“The idea itself is extremely intriguing,” says Henry Hartig, an NMSU art student who attended the exhibition’s opening on September 3. “Hearing about the issues of border security and border politics is an emotionally charged issue already, and to create a gallery about it seems like an obvious observation. Then when you can consider the view of the uniqueness of the photographs by Warpinski, it really conveys the aesthetically striking aspects of this very charged experience that real people have that most people don’t experience on a daily basis, including myself. As far as an art gallery, I consider this successful,”
The exhibition will continue until October 3. There will be two up coming events at the gallery:
- Thursday, October 1, Warpinski will be lecturing from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday, October 3, there will be a panel discussion, “Borderlands as Negotiated through the Arts” at 2 p.m.