Femme Frontera is an award winning photography book by Arlene Mejorado & Adriana Monsalve published in 2017 by Homie House Press with the sponsorship of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.
Femme Frontera is a book and project that journeys into the physical borderlands of California and Texas with Mexico through in-depth parallel story telling between the two regions. I explored fronteras (borders) in a conceptual and abstract manner with a non-linear and non-binary structure focusing on people that live in spaces I consider to be “in-between”. Femme is an identity that motions towards liberation and the vignettes illustrated in Femme Frontera offer a window into lives of people who I believe created safety and liberation in their femme-ness. The goal of Femme Frontera was to open up space for migrants and trauma survivors in femme visibility. We blurred the line between art and journalism, playing with a new form of storytelling. Each individual lives in a layered experience, an intersectional reality.