Excerpt From Sunshine/Noir II: The Future of Post-Bordernity

By Perry Vasquez
January 9, 2016

The U.S./Mexico border is falling apart. Like Chipotle Swiss cheese, it is shot through with gaps, holes, lacunae, erasures, and stretches of emptiness. The border exists—but at times its existence seems to collapse beneath the weight of its own sovereignty. How does the border both exist and not exist at the same time? How does it manage to appear in strategic locations and disappear in non-strategic ones? Why do we think of the border as having a fixed and permanent national identity instead of a contingent and temporary one? Like every national myth, the U.S./Mexico border began life as a collective act of imagination...

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Perry Vasquez is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alum. For more about his work, please visit:

Cover image detail is courtesy of Artist Perry Vasquez and the San Diego City Works Press.


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