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Final Project – VIVIR

The main idea for this project was to form an organization that focuses on refugee resettlement in Mexico. The organization will center their efforts on outreach, preventative care, and utilize Co-op farming practices in order to create a sustainable system for the people in need of help, as well as a support system for the organization itself. The organization will fight to reclaim maize for the Mexican people through politics and in practice. It will practice organic farming techniques and challenge large agriculture companies’ use of all genetically modified organisms. Additional funds that are invested in the organization will also be used to team up with other Anti-GMO organizations, as well as science communities who focus on saving the Monarch butterfly.

The Vivir organization strives to make people’s lives livable. In developing lands of Mexico many small villages have been put in jeopardy due to climate change and big business practices. Vivir focuses on finding refugees in order to help them resettle their abandoned lands and homes. Through co-op farming strategies, Vivir seeks to ensure that these people have the resources to continue to live their lives as they always have; by living off their land.

Final Project

Breaking Apart is a set of ceramic plates, design and poster. The work is contemplation on the issue of how the conflicts at the Mexican-American border are affecting the people and the land in negative ways.

The issue of Mexican migration and the expansion of Monsanto’s genetically modified(GMO) corn strain is killing the brilliant native Mexican maize species and millenia of Maize culture and heritage. In the near future Monsanto’s GMO corn will be the only kind left and the biodiversity of the border area and much of the North American landscape will be greatly diminished.

With this piece I want people to consider the Mexican people as disappearing alongside native Mexican maize biodiversity. The United States government and the border are scapegoating Latin Americans, blocking migration, throwing people into private prisons, and killing migrants. The difference in our appearance is the result of only 0.1% variation in genetic code. This has been used as a justification for all manners of discriminations and atrocities. Today we can hardly avoid GMO corns; today discrimination continues; today we have to know about this crucial reality in the border and today we need to do something to prevent further disaster.



Final Project/ Documentation

Final Project – Poverty in Mexico

Every day thousands of Mexican citizens cross the US-Mexico border in order to provide themselves and their families the money and necessities needed to live a humane life in bearable conditions.

Poverty is a major underlying factor that contributes to many different conditions in Mexico. Fertility rate, household size, working conditions, corn production, drinking water, immigration, peace index and drug war violence are all influenced in one way or another by the poverty that plagues Mexico as a country.
With this project I hope to bring to light the problems and problem areas poverty is effecting in an easily understandable manner. With the reallocation of federal money and more resources contributed to the problems, I believe these problems can be reduced and quality of life can increase.

Site Unseen Final Website

Site Unseen is a website exploring the borderland surveillance industrial complex. The project examines the use of infrared technology and thermal cameras at the US-Mexico border. By visualizing thermal images of hands holding items found at the border, Site Unseen contrasts the intimacy (warmth) of the items migrants hold dear, with the indifference (cold) of the way the U.S. treats migrants’ bodies, livelihood, and humanity.

Border As Land


I. A graphic and typographic exploration and manifesto of the border/separation/difference, accompanied by interviews with people who have had partial identity formed around their proximity and interactions with it

II. A reimagining of the border from a line to a space, inspired by some of the already existing dynamics of exchange, sharing, community of people near the border and those who straddle both sides, proposing the groundwork for a life with dignity, constraints that become opportunities. Because it is speculative, it exists outside of lines and is ideological.

III. A design research pamphlet, a printed intervention, intended to provoke others to rethink their conception of the border, to be distributed at the border, with a version in Spanish and several reiterations

Final Documentation

Names on the Border

Every year, hundreds of Mexican migrants try to cross the US/Mexican border by hiking through vast ranchlands and deserts in order to circumvent the border patrol stationed along major roads. Many of the migrants perish from exposure or injury, often without identification. The families whose loved ones are missing live in pain for the rest of their lives. Based on this issue, my project strives to help those families in some pragmatic ways.

The project consists of a series of bilingual posters and a mobile application designed for “I Have a Name”, an online database created by Texas Observer for families to identify their loved ones who perished in Texas after crossing the border. The goal of the project is to get the database to reach a broader audience in Mexico and ultimately help more people to identify their family members who disappeared while crossing the border.

The posters are double-sided, printed on newsprint paper. The front side shows thumbnail images of some of the missing person’s belongings, and the backside contains key information about the “I Have a Name” database such as website address and contacts. The posters are designed to be distributed in two ways. The posters can be simply stuck to the walls and poles on the street, or they can be folded into a letter-size booklet and stacked on tables in public places. These can be made available at hospitals, clinics, and markets where many people can easily access this information. With the instructions on the poster, those who have smartphones but not computers can download the mobile app, which is an easier way to access the database.

Final Project


Through my research the most evident finding to me was that the media divides. What I am trying to express with my project is the need to unite. To make people aware that there are peopling helping, there are people who are TRYING to change policy, and there are people who care. I am doing this project to bring awareness to the humanistic aspect of immigration and how it affects REAL people. I came across the opposite of what I’ve been told through the media and I want to tell that story.

“We are too few to be divided, everything unites us.. nothing separates us.”

José Carlos Mariátegui

Final Documentation

::: The Colibri Kites Website :::   Go here to see full project

The Colibri Kites project is both a poetic gesture and memorial event to commemorate the undocumented migrants who died while crossing the US-Mexican border. 

Colibri is Spanish for hummingbirds. Hummingbirds are migratory birds that are native to the Americas, the majority are native to Latin America.

In 2009, the body of an undocumented migrant was found in the desert, and in his pocket he carried a small dead hummingbird, an indigenous symbol of safe passage and a messenger between the living and the dead. The man is named after Colibri, as well as thousands of other such migrants. Each migrant is a colibri, a courageous explorer, seeker, and sacrificer who sets out on a journey, often of no return, for that beam of hope, a better life for their family.

Every missing migrant is a flying kite, flown by their families. The migrants who died on their way to find hope for their family are kites with broken strings, unable to reconnect with their families, unable to fly again, unable to return home.

The Colibri Kite is a gesture to link the souls of these unidentifiable migrants to the families that are waiting for a chance to reunite with their loved ones spiritually. Each kite represents a migrant, carrying the weight and meaning of their souls.

On the day of the dead, thousands of Colibri Kites go up in the sky, to mourn the deceased migrants and let their souls return home. As the kites fly, the family members feeling the pull on the threads would feel that their loved ones’ soul has really come back.

Project Description:

Design :

Drifting Blue

Drifting Blue is a poetic documentary of the fluidity of space and time, and the way we try to abstract them through our own territoriality. Through a blending of the personal and historical, we observe how unaccounted natural systems can disrupt our lives.


In the Chihuahuan desert, water sculpts gradually over time, and it also dances violently in time. Water leaves a subtle mark in the shape of the rocks, and yet also expresses itself wildly in floods and rain storms, transforming environments from silent rocky arrangements to natural water parks in a matter of minutes. As we see in this work about the Chamizal tract, a tract of land that saw the rio grande literally change course over night and give the US almost 600 acres of land, national boundaries can be whipped to and fro by the indiscriminate fluidity that water gives to both time and space against the western push for standardization of time and space. In this work we observe the Chamizal as it is today, a tract of land divided by a border, defined by a river that was artificially rerouted and reconstructed so that it will not move. We see the saddling of nature in both the concretized river and the national parks on either side of it, as well as the restrictions of time and space that the land’s inhabitants face as they cross over these structures.