The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) presents this exhibition curated by MoCP Director Rod Slemmons. With experience working within arts communities in Mexico for 25 years, and familiarity with photographers dealing with these issues in both the U.S. and Mexico, Slemmons created this exhibition to explore the impact of immigration over time and in detail.
La Frontera addresses the dynamics of the border itself as the choke point, including Minute Men, Border Patrol and humanitarian groups. The exhibition also explores the routes to the border in Mexico collective known as El Camino Real, an ironic reference to the 17th century route from Mexico City to California. Transformed communities on either side of the border are highlighted as well, including the much-photographed town of West Liberty, Iowa, which has been home to Mexican farm workers since the 1940s.