‘Erasing the Border’ (VIDEO)

Al Jazeera America profiles Ana Teresa Fernández, the Mexican-born artist who painted the border fence which separates the beaches of California and Baja California, in an effort to show what life might be like without such imposed divisions.

After hearing so many stories of individuals that I felt weren’t being portrayed in the media or by politicians– out of this frustration I had this idea that was born to try and erase this border. And thinking as a conceptual visual artist, what I had in my arsenal of weapons was paint. …

I think this project is feared because it re-contextualizes a possibility. It makes you not see the border — just for a split second — and [makes you see] how two countries can exist, or coexist, peacefully.

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