Humane Borders Water Station

  • Delilah Montoya, Humane Borders Water Station, 2004, printed 2008, inkjet print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Gilberto Cardenas Latino Art Collection, 2011.52.2, © 2004, Delilah Montoya

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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
Humane Borders Water Station
2004, printed 2008
Not on view
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)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Gilberto Cardenas Latino Art Collection

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inkjet print
  • Landscape – weather – cloud
  • Landscape – mountain
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