First Edition 2017
The Border of Men
La Frontera del Hombre
A work of Carlos Pérez Osorio
Limited Edition 1/5000
his is the first work of editorial design from Galería Arbequina.
This collectible edition, to be published annually, seeks to explore social issues in Mexico via art and design, with the intention of creating awareness and sparking shifts in our perceptions of each other.
Today the politics of division are thriving. The news cycle is exactly that, a cycle — one that, to borrow Octavio Paz’s words, “in its circular fever repeats and repeats.” Noxious, negative patterns of speech are finding their way into our daily lives. Lines are being drawn in the sand, pitting communities and nations against each other. And values that many of us hold as sacred, like cooperation, are being threatened.
Precisely in these moments — when it feels easier to resign ourselves to the inevitability of a grim, dystopian future — it becomes all the more important to look for ways to reaffirm our shared humanity and renew a collective commitment to uphold our most inalienable rights.
This edition, titled < The Border of Men >, has been conceived in that spirit. Instead of looking at the qualities that separate us from one another, it holds to the light the qualities that bind us. Thirty pairs of photographs by the Mexican documentarian Carlos Pérez Osorio draw connecting lines between worlds — crossing borders, time zones, social classes and ideologies along the way. These images, taken in Mexico and other countries, are intentionally placed side by side in conversation with each other. The result is a simultaneous shrinking of physical distance between subjects and the expansion of an imaginary dialogue. Who are you? Who are we? What divides us? What defines us? What unites us?