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Volume 5: No. 4, October 2008

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Cover of the October 2008 issue
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This collage was made from paper, cardboard, and found objects. The face represents the population living in the US-Mexico border region, a region that covers 100 kilometers to the north and south of the international divide. The face is composed of symbols and colors taken from the US and Mexican flags and currency. The blue ribbon that runs through the middle of the collage suggests the Rio Grande, which extends from the Gulf of Mexico to the cities of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, and serves as the political boundary between the two countries. The artist’s idea in creating this collage was to reflect not only the uniqueness of both the US and Mexican residents in the region but also to convey the message that these groups have much in common. In addition to sharing the same geography and environment, residents share heritage, lifestyle, and culture. Along with the rich heterogeneity of the border population, there is also a common regional identity.

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Este collage fue hecho de papel, cartón, y materiales de desecho. El rostro representa la población que vive a lo largo de la frontera México-EE.UU., una región que cubra 100 kilómetros al norte y sur de cada lado de la división internacional. El rostro está formado por símbolos y colores tomados de las banderas y monedas de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos y los EE.UU. La cinta azul en el centro del collage sugiere el Río Bravo, el límite político entre los dos países que va desde el Golfo de México a las ciudades de El Paso, Tejas, y Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. La idea de la artista en crear este collage era reflejar las características únicas de los residentes de la frontera entre los Estados Unidos Mexicanos y los EE.UU. y también dar el mensaje que estos grupos tienen mucho en común. Además de compartir la misma geografía y ambiente, los residentes comparten herencia, estilo de vida, y cultura. Junto con la heterogeneidad rica de la población fronteriza, también existe una identidad regional común.

Cover based on artwork created by Jill A. McDonald
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