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Susan Harbage Page
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

The eleven-year “U.S.–Mexico Border Project” (2007–present) includes 40,000 photographic images, the “Anti-Archive” of over 867 objects, and over 15 site-specific actions and interventions in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. The documentation of the landscape and the objects seemingly abandoned become a new way to look at the militarization of the border and how the power of nations plays out in this contested space. Poignantly, it represents the fact that some people have access and others don’t.

I walk the border because I can. I am a U.S. citizen with a passport and a college faculty ID. I am white and can walk the border fairly safely. My Latinex friends cannot occupy this dangerous space in the same way. As I began this work in 2007 representation/identity and historical issues of documentary photography were important to me. I made a commitment not to photograph people.

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