note: developing story – content to come
above & below > playas de tijuana / designer lisbeth de la cruz santana
above & below > borrando de frontiera (erasing the border) / designer ana teresa fernandez / note: early concept photo without the added plates on top of fence to raise the height
above & below > the the upside-down flag painted by deported veterans on the tijuana side of the us-mexico border fence.
above & below > deported u.s. navy veteran alex murillo at the mural he helped paint on the border. the names of dozens of veterans are also painted on the border fence.
the upside-down flag – a long-time military distress signal – was painted on the border fence by a san francisco-based artist and a group of deported military veterans to raise awareness of their struggle to receive benefits and return to the u.s.
border officials are now deciding whether the painting, measuring about 20 x 15 feet, is graffiti or ‘an international mural’ after receiving complaints about the overturned flag, which some have interpreted as a sign of disrespect.