My name is Stefan Falke, a German photographer in New York City and the author of this website’s project:
LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US-Mexican Border
Over the last ten years I have traveled to most major and some smaller cities on both sides of the 2000 miles long U.S. – Mexico border and photographed about 200 painters, photographers, musicians, writers, dancers, architects and art promoters in order to shine a spotlight on the vibrant cultural activities and cross-border opportunities that exist despite the tremendous challenges in this bi-national region.
The region has particular significance to me since I was born and grew up in Germany where a border divided my country in East and West until it came down in 1989. Meanwhile the steel ‘wall’ between the US and Mexico is growing in length and height and does its part to create a physiological and physical barrier between the United States and Mexico.
In the last year I have been focusing on artists who work specifically with border and migration related issues and/or are migrants themselves, like Artists Fronterizas, the three opera singing women who perform on both sides to promote cross border culture (their story here), or photographer Tom Kiefer(last photo) who collects and photographs migrants possessions taken from them and thrown away by the border patrol (his story here), or Haitian painter Nixon Tervine, whose journey through all of South America ended in Mexicali, Mexico, and who sells his art to motorists crossing the border north (his story here), or artist Alvaro Enciso who puts up crosses in the Sonoran Desert to remember migrants who did not survive the long journey north (his story here).
I am trying to show that most people on both sides of the US – Mexico border are very passionate about their bi-national region and the unique opportunities and cross-border collaborations and friendships that come with it. I chose artists for my project because they always seem to have a finger on the pulse of their communities, and reflect their status in real time; I believe they deserve our attention. I hope my project is adding a positive and humanitarian aspect to the usual negative storylines about the border region and the people who live and work there.
LA FRONTERA was featured by:
The New York Times, BBC, The Huffington Post, Wired, aCurator, The FORWARD THINKING MUSEUM, Hyperallergic, L’Oeil de la Photographie, AI-AP Pro Photo Daily, Hahnemühle, FAZ Magazin, Courrier International, Trip Magazin, Photoville … and many others. Please also see Press on this website.
LA FRONTERA exhibitions:
Casa del Tunel (Tijuana, Mexico), Casa Familiar (San Ysidro, California), The Mexican Cultural Institute (Washington, DC), IMAS Museum (McAllen, Texas), Cervantes (Frankfurt, Germany), The Mexican Embassy Frankfurt (Frankfurt, Germany), Photoville 2014 (Brooklyn, NY, supported by the Mexican Cultural Institutes of New York and Washington DC, and BRIC Media House, Brooklyn), The Triennial of Photography 2015 (Hamburg, Germany), Deutsches Haus (New York City), Goethe Institut (Washington DC), Festival Tijuana Interzona (on the border fence at San Ysidro Port of Entry, Tijuana, Mexico 2016), Galeria 409 (Brownsville, Texas, 2017), CEART (Mexicali, Mexico, 2017), SDSU Gallery (San Diego, USA, 2017) , D.A.I. Tübingen (Tübingen, Germany, 2017), German-American Institute (Stuttgart, Germany, 2018), American Space Leipzig, (Germany, 2018), Steppling Art Gallery at SDSU Imperial Valley(Calexico, California), Centennial Museum at UTEP (El Paso, Texas, 2019).
all images © Stefan Falke www.stefanfalke.com
The LA FRONTERA website: borderartists.com
BIO: (see also: stefanfalke.com/About-|-Clients-|-CV)
I work for international magazines, film studios and corporate clients ands I live in New York City. I am the author of 2 books: “MOKO JUMBIES: The Dancing Spirits Of Trinidad”, a photo essay about a stilt-walking school in Trinidad, and “LA FRONTERA: Kuenstler entlang der US-Mexikanischen Grenze“.
Please visit my website www.stefanfalke.com for references.
My work is represented and distributed by the German photo agency laif (www.laif.de) with partner agencies (like REDUX Pictures in New York) worldwide.
phone: (+1) 917 – 214 9029
Stefan Falke Photography
200 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001