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Humane Borders Water Station

2004, printed 2008 Delilah Montoya Born: Fort Worth, Texas 1955 inkjet print image: 19 x 47 1/2 in. (48.3 x 120.7 cm) sheet: 24 x 52 7/8 in. (61.0 x 134.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Gilberto Cardenas Latino Art Collection © 2004, Delilah Montoya 2011.52.2 Not currently on view

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Montoya’s rough-hewn landscapes recall the work of nineteenth-century photographers that presented uninhabited views of the U.S. western frontier. She shot Desire Lines, Baboquivari Peak, AZ on the Tohono O’odham Reservation, an indigenous nation that resides on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. One member, concerned about the fate of border crossers within his own tribe, peppers the landscape with water-filled jugs. In these photographs, Montoya poses ethical questions about the nature of national borders.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013


Landscape - mountain

Landscape - weather - cloud

photography - photoprint


inkjet printing