Border, wall, place, and territory

Chapin: I Know I Have A Dream There...

I come from Guatemala and I’m heading to New York. Everything that I’m going through right now is like an adventure. I’m not getting too worried about anything. I’m in it as an adventurer. I’m experiencing different countries, going to different states in Mexico, and seeing different places. I don’t see it as something to be scared of, but as an adventure. I left my country almost a month ago. And look, I’m okay, nobody has robbed me, I haven’t been hurt, and I’m here at the border now.

Chavalo: A Safe Place

This is the dorm where I slept. This is my home today. I can spend the night here and I can be safe. We are in a safe place, we’re not sleeping out on the street or by the railroad. It is very difficult to be out on the street and on your own. Here at least you are with others and you are safe.

Chiapas: Pivoting Point

Here [at the border] l I’m right in the pivoting point. I’m neither there nor here. My task is to cross. I don’t want to go back home in defeat. So that’s the picture I took there. It will remind me of being here in Nogales.


Aquí en la frontera estoy justo en el vértice. No estoy ni aquí ni allá. Mi tarea es cruzar, no quiero irme de vuelta a casa en la derrota. Así que ésa es la foto que tomé allí. Me hará recordar de cuando estaba aquí en Nogales.

Ventura: Home Is Wherever I Fall

Shelter at City Hall

I live at the shelter in City Hall, with people who also have nowhere to sleep… Ever since I arrived in Seattle, I have stayed there, on a mattress… Home is wherever I land, like the saying goes, where the night falls, the body falls as well.


Yo vivo en un albergue en la alcaldía, con otras personas que tampoco tienen dónde dormir. Desde que llegué a Seattle me he quedado allí, sobre un colchón. Mi casa, mi hogar, es donde caiga. Como dice el dicho, donde cae la noche, también cae el cuerpo.

Lourdes: Seattle's Sunset

Seattle Sunset

This is Seattle’s sunset. I like it when it’s getting dark, and when it’s getting light in the morning. It makes me feel all the things that we have accomplished in this country. It shows what we have reached since we come from a place where unfortunately, there is not an opportunity to prosper. I thank life because it’s a new night before the sun comes out and there is still light in the clouds and sky. This means that I am alive. 

Pachita: Prácticas

An afro-descendant population without territory is nothing; the territory is where they develop their lives, where they do their songs, where they are happy. It is the place where they can sing and scream and make love and make noise in any way they want.

Fanny: La Familia

He is from the Diaz family, they married into a native family from here, like our grandparents. If someone comes to live here, we accept them. When we die we don’t take the territory with us. If you are a good neighbor you can live wherever you want, because the neighborhood is good.

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