I make things that move, loop, and sometimes hold. Currently at work on a forthcoming film about the border landscapes of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez and the river with two names that connect them.
More about the film: https://fredsrainbowbarandotherstagesontheinternationalborder.com
My interest in the movement, history, and mythology of Water in the West probably originated with my upbringing in El Paso, Texas. Before I knew the history of the 1963 Chamizal Convention which would ultimately channelize and permanently fix a portion of the Río Grande/Río Bravo as the official border between the United States and Mexico and before I knew that rivers change course and therefore make terrible boundaries, I was aware, from a young age, that the fluctuating water levels of the Rio Grande/Río Bravo, largely determined the movement and prosperity of people on both sides of the river. The river bisected these two places, but the shared watershed also brought people together. In 1999 I moved away to attend grad school in California but would periodically return to El Paso. On one trip I was struck to find that the river was no longer visible, obstructed in part by the US/MX border security fence. This got me thinking about the importance of visibility, engagement, and access to one’s watershed.
Professional work: HVMG