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Contemporary artist Do Ho Suh covers every surface in the apartment that was his home and studio for eighteen years with white paper, rubbing with colored pencil all of the space's memory-provoking details.

Do Ho Suh, Rubbing/Loving

Can art be funny and serious at the same time? Using social media-inspired effects, artist Meriem Bennani subverts audience expectations of both pop culture and her own Muslim community with unexpected playfulness and pathos.

Meriem Bennani’s Exploded Visions

Contemporary artist Maryam Hoseini discusses her abstracted, fragmented figures in her 2019 series of paintings reimagining the 12th-century poem about Laylah and Majnun

An interview with Maryam Hoseini

Photographer Richard Mirach recounts his work, from his early political aspirations in the 1970s to his current series about left-behind artifacts along the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Richard Misrach, Border Cantos

Interdisciplinary collective Postcommodity creates site-specific installations and interventions that critically examine our modern-day institutions and systems through the history and perspectives of Indigenous people

Postcommodity arts collective

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer embarks on his most ambitious project to date: an enormous intercom system at the border between El Paso and Juárez that allows participants from both sides to speak and listen to each other via radio-enabled searchlights

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Border Tuner

Binational artist Tanya Aguiñiga pushes the power of art to transform the United States-Mexico border from a site of trauma to a creative space for personal healing and collective expression.

Tanya Aguiñiga, Metabolizing the Border