Students in “The U.S./Mexico Border” Class Participate in Collaborative Mural Project

Photograph by Tracy Fish

Photograph by Tracy Fish

Latino/a youth are partnering with Duke University undergraduates and instructors from several classes, including the “The U.S./Mexico Border” class at the Center for Documentary Studies, on a collaborative mural project (scroll down for slideshow) as part of Two-Way Bridges, an initiative that aims to expand the connections between Duke and the Durham Latino/a communities. The project is funded by a Duke Humanities Writ Large grant and includes three cooperating classes, culture-language-media workshops, a group documentary conducted by artists from the Latino/a community, and partnerships between Duke students and local high school and community college students. In addition to this mural, the project will also sponsor film screenings and a multimedia exhibit.

Others involved in creating the mural include five mural painters visiting from the Dominican Republic and Cornelio Campos, a Durham Latino artist. The mural is being painted on the side of Torero’s Mexican Restaurant and Lounge at West Main and North Duke streets. Once complete, it will feature two grasping arms, a train, agricultural workers, and an image of a Latino youth.

“The U.S. Mexico Border” Documentary Studies class is taught by CDS undergraduate director Charlie Thompson and explores the history, culture, policy, creative writing, and art related to the only border dividing two nations with such disparity in wealth. Thompson is also the principal investigator for the Two-Way Bridges initiative. The images below were taken by Tracy Fish, MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts candidate, Class of 2015.

Two-Way Bridges is a collaboration between the Center for Documentary Studies, the Spanish Language Program, The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South, and DukeEngage on the Border/Encuentros de la Frontera. 

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