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Femme Frontera

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Femme Frontera

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.

 Where the border ends and the water begins in Tijuana, Mexico by Arlene Mejorado, 2017.

Where the border ends and the water begins in Tijuana, Mexico by Arlene Mejorado, 2017.

  Lo que se ve no se pregunta  / What you see you do not ask, by Adriana Monsalve, Laredo, Texas, 2016

Lo que se ve no se pregunta / What you see you do not ask, by Adriana Monsalve, Laredo, Texas, 2016

 A spread of the U.S.-Mexico border with images of Maggie's story by Arlene Mejorado.

A spread of the U.S.-Mexico border with images of Maggie's story by Arlene Mejorado.

 A spread from Femme Frontera: A portrait of Lucy by Arlene Mejorado, Tijuana, Mexico, 2017 (right). An excerpt of Lucy's words (left)

A spread from Femme Frontera: A portrait of Lucy by Arlene Mejorado, Tijuana, Mexico, 2017 (right). An excerpt of Lucy's words (left)

 A spread in Femme Frontera: Portraits by Adriana Monsalve.

A spread in Femme Frontera: Portraits by Adriana Monsalve.

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 share the qualities of 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.

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