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Them and Us / Ellos Y Nosotros’: Border wall comes to Mass MoCA
Artist recreates wall to give viewers feeling of crossing the border
Posted Thursday, August 1, 2019 6:06 am
By Jennifer Huberdeau, The Berkshire Eagle
NORTH ADAMS — For the majority of Americans, the building of a permanent wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is still an abstract concept. But in many places, such as San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, the wall is a long-standing reality.
There, the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the largest land border crossing between the two communities, is part of everyday life for residents and commuters on both sides of the wall. It is this wall that Marcos Ramirez, the artist known as ERRE (a nod to the rolled `r’ of Spanish) is bringing to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art as part of his exhibition, “Them and Us / Ellos Y Nosotros,” opening Saturday.
And it is through “Of Fence,” his sculptural recreation of the weathered, metal barricade of San Ysidro that museum-goers will have to pass through to see the rest of his show.
The exhibition, in Building B6, is meant to simulate crossing the border. Viewers who cross through the wall will find themselves confronted with the same questions people entering the U.S. are asked. The difference will be that the questions won’t be asked directly to those entering the show. Instead, they will be displayed in vinyl letters on the windows and door leading into the gallery.