Tomorrow marks the inauguration of the nation’s 45th president, y pues, needless to say that the majority of the Rio Grande Valley is not celebrating. Whether one believes the other candidates were better or not, there is no doubt that the new president has championed and promulgated the hateful rhetoric against Mexicanxs and promised the further militarization of the borderlands and its residents.

However, this is nothing new to Valley locals who have resisted before, continue to do so now, and will prolong in the future under these constant attacks. Endurance is in our nature, and it is border artist who help describe the resistance. They are essential in visualizing the popular sentiment and ideas of masses through individual work that provokes questions and creates the space for the negotiation of interpretation.

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The following showcase is an example of some of the Rio Grande Valley artist’s commentary and rendering of the 45th President of the United States.

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“Hail Trump” by Carlos Ochoa (@total_faux_pas) and Laura Sofrito (@laurasofrito)
Acrylic and aerosol
Brownsville, TX
2016

“I love the Mexicans. No one is more Mexican than me.” by Alex Macias (@mrmorechairs)
Graphite and colored pencil on Rives BFK
22″ x 30″
2016
alexmaciasart.com

“Make America Hate Again!” by Alex Macias (@mrmorechairs)
Oil, aerosol, and acrylic marker on canvas
16″ x 20″
2015
alexmaciasart.com

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“Banal Government” by Uriel Landeros (@uriel_landeros_conquista)
Ceramic and gold luster

“A Tisket A Tasket” by Celeste De Luna (@celestedelunaart)
8’’x10’’ Lino Cut on Paper
2016
www.celestedeluna.com

Caution: The next piece is NSFW!

“Untitled” by Nancy Guevara (@nansiguevara)
Digital Image
2016

“Same Difference” Diptych by Josué Ramírez (@raw_mirez)
Acrylic and aerosol on canvass
36’’ X 48’’
2016

“Salsa for President” by (@salsaforpresident) by Sandra Villarreal
Digital Image
2016
www.salsaforpresident.bigcartel.
com

This post is part of Neta, a new bilingual platform to amplify voices of border residents. If you enjoy this content, support our Kickstarter at netargv.com. Contact us a la@netargv.com.