Our Lady of the Checkpoint,

Celeste De Luna

Woodcut and vinyl on archival paper | Xilografía y vinilo sobre papel de archivo
91.4 x 121.9 cm (36 x 48 in)
Collection of the artist | Colección del artista
Photo by Diego Cruz | Imagen cortesía de Diego Cruz

Artist’s Statement

…as border communities have always known and lived, we are in a space that always already defies cultural and ideological binaries. 

The common experience of brown women of the border, both documented and undocumented, is how bodies are considered potentially criminal vessels and are objectified by both governmental agencies and people all around us, including loved ones. It should be acknowledged that undocumented women are more vulnerable to extreme violence, exploitation, and deportation.