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.
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.
“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″
“Make America Hate Again!” by Alex Macias (@mrmorechairs)
Oil, aerosol, and acrylic marker on canvas
16″ x 20″
“Banal Government” by Uriel Landeros (@uriel_landeros_conquista)
Ceramic and gold luster
Caution: The next piece is NSFW!
“Untitled” by Nancy Guevara (@nansiguevara)
“Same Difference” Diptych by Josué Ramírez (@raw_mirez)
Acrylic and aerosol on canvass
36’’ X 48’’