Neither Here Nor There: Contemporary Mexican Printmaking on Both Sides of the Border 

Across borders, across cultures

Melanie Yazzie

Across borders, across cultures

When Boise State University Visual Arts Center Director Kirsten Furlong came across Ni De Aqui Ni De Alla (Neither Here Nor There), a 22-piece exhibition on cultural identity and border tensions from Mexican printmakers, she was intrigued.

“It’s pretty rare that you see a group exhibition like that by a lot of really distinguished artists talking about these issues at the border,” said Furlong, who, with the help of Arizona State University Professor Rogelio Gutierrez, brought the series to Boise State.

The prints—ranging from lithographs to screenprints to woodcuts—offers a journey through printing style and emotional turmoil.

The pieces are laced with exquisite detail and texture and equally complex in emotion. In a screenprint by Fernando De Leon, the bright hues of the Mexican flag beam out from behind a re-imagined $1 U.S. bill. Other pieces are more somber. “Los Hijos de Nadie" ("Nobody’s Children") is a black-and-white stone lithograph print by Mexican artist Gabriela Gonzalez depicting three distraught children: one horned and sobbing, another staring through a chain link fence at a third, naked and walking away.

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