Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra ( This Land Is Your Land) , 2018 (on-going)
Multimedia : Video projection, spray paint on wood, foam core, soundscapes, assorted sand and dirt from various border sites, found clothing articles and belongings, yucca flowers, seashells, candles, immersive text, barb wire, photographs, and other found objects.
*Installation view at The Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD)
Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra (This Land Is Your Land) is an ongoing, immersive multimedia installation focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border and its effects on human lives. In the winter of 2015 and the summer 2016, Baltimore-based artist Erick Antonio Benitez traveled along the entirety of the border that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, visiting numerous sites including migrant shelters (both in the US and Mexico), Tent City Jail recently closed for its horrific human rights violations and various border landscapes. His poetic and sonic documentary captures interactions at Friendship Park, where residents of the United States and Mexico are permitted to meet face-to-face across a 100-foot, semi- transparent span of fencing. This work also includes on-site interviews with border agents, migrants, minute men, as well as footage of the different border sites along US and Mexico.
At the border, Benitez captured field recordings, photographs, video footage and collected sand, dirt, rocks, seashells, yucca flowers, and discarded personal belongings. He preserves and enshrines these objects within the installation as ritual offerings to those who have lost their lives on their journey to the United States.