Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border

Richard Misrach | Guillermo Galindo

February 18 – April 24, 2017

 Migration has an impact on both people and landscape. Border Cantos, a unique collaboration between American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican composer Guillermo Galindo, harnesses the power of art to explore, share, and humanize the complex issues surrounding the borderlands between the United States and Mexico. The artists created works of photography, sculpture, and sound that document and transform artifacts from the border. Misrach’s large-scale photographs, along with inventory-like grids of smaller photographs, highlight issues surrounding immigration and how they have affected regions and people. Responding to these photographs, Galindo fashioned sound-generating sculptures from items Misrach collected from the border, such as water bottles, Border Patrol “drag tires,” spent shotgun shells, ladders, and sections of the border wall itself. The sounds they produce give voices to people through the personal belongings they have left behind.  

Presented in English and Spanish, Border Cantos sheds light on the complexities of immigration and transforms these issues into resonant works of art, inviting us to bridge boundaries and initiate conversations. There is no ticket fee for Border Cantos.

Border Cantos premiered at San Jose Museum of Art and then travels to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, before it arrives at Crystal Bridges.



Guillermo Galindo
Teclata, 2014
Cans, plastic cup, bottles, piano keys, string, wood, border patrol cardboard ammunition boxes, fabricated mechanism
26 × 18 × 30 in.



Sponsored by Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Denise and Hershey Garner, James and Emily Bost, and the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock