La Frontera de Cristal (The Crystal Frontier)

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

October 11 - November 23, 2019

  • Opening reception: Friday, October 11 (6-9 pm)
  • Featuring Griselda San Martin, Tom Kiefer, and Elliot Ross
Photo by Griselda San Martin from her series The Wall

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center presents La Frontera de Cristal (The Crystal Frontier) an exhibit highlighting three contemporary photographers’ views of the border separating Mexico and the United States.

In her series The Wall, Griselda San Martin documents Friendship Park, a stretch of the border where families meet to share intimate moments through the fence that separates them. Tom Kiefer's current project, El Sueño Americano – The American Dream, features the personal effects and belongings of people apprehended in the desert by U.S. Border Patrol agents. Elliot Ross documents his five-month journey in 2017 with writer Genevieve Allison along the entire length of the 2,000-mile border. Through portraiture and topographical studies of infrastructure imposed on the landscape, American Backyard looks at the reality of American lives on the border.

Named after Carlos Fuentes' 1995 novel, La Frontera de Cristal invites us to look beyond the political rhetoric surrounding the immigration debate and consider fresh perspectives on the landscapes and people that exist in the shadow of the wall.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center
1070 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204