Romans 13:10—originally featured in Las Cruces, New Mexico—is taken from Richard Misrach’s series Border Cantos. Border Cantos presents a unique collaboration between photographer Misrach and composer Guillermo Galindo.
Misrach has been photographing the two-thousand-mile border between the U.S. and Mexico since 2004, with increased focus starting in 2009—resulting in a distinct melding of the artist as documentarian and interpreter. The latest installation in Misrach’s ongoing Desert Cantos series, this project includes eight suites of photographs—some made with a large-format camera, and others that have been captured with an iPhone.
Misrach and Galindo have worked together to create pieces that both report on, and transform the artifacts of migration: water bottles, clothing, backpacks, Border Patrol drag tires, spent shotgun shells, ladders, and sections of the Border Wall itself–which Galindo then fashions into instruments, to be performed as unique sound-generating devices; video clips of those performances can be seen on this site. He also imagines graphic musical scores, many of which use Misrach’s photographs as points of departure.