What feeling or mood do you get from this artwork? What do you think the artist wanted to communicate? What about it makes you say that?
This artwork is one of four digitally manipulated images in a series called Borders by Mohawk artist Shelley Niro. Barbed wire and fenced-off roads are paired with opposing clenched fists. Niro's composition creates an immediate sense of the physical and psychological relationships between people while alluding to ecological, geographical, and political impact of borders.
Why do people move or migrate? Are people free to move around or are there barriers to their movement?
How can a border be good or bad? Has the idea of borders changed over time? How can we continue to strive to eliminate oppressive borders ?
Exhibition sponsored by Kenneth C. Griffin
Learning and engagement programming for We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy is sponsored by:
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