Reflections On The Borderwall
FOR-SITE FoundationMar 1st @ 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
FOR-SITE Foundation hosts a special Sanctuary exhibit event, “Reflections on The Borderwall: Lecture + Film Screening,” in the Chapel in Upper Fort Mason at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. An author and filmmaker present a book and a film that resonate with the themes embodied in the “Sanctuary” exhibit.
Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of California-Berkeley Ronald Real explores ideas from his 2017 University of California Press book, Borderwall As Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary. Rael examines the nearly 700 miles of wall as a possible opportunity for economic and social development along the region it bisects. He takes readers on a journey through this “Divided States of America” and reveals the way this structure transforms people, animals, and natural and built landscapes.
Rael’s talk is followed by the screening of Rodrigo Reyes‘ 82-minute 2013 cinematic essay, Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border. Reyes’ provocative portrayal of the wall re-imagines the U.S./Mexico border as a mythical place akin to Dante’s purgatory. In Purgatorio, the wall and the border become places of broken, sometimes beautiful, and often brutal landscapes. Preview the film here.