Femme Frontera is an award winning photography book by Arlene Mejorado & Adriana Monsalve published in 2017 by Homie House Press with the sponsorship of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.
  A spread of the U.S.-Mexico border with images of...
A spread of the U.S.-Mexico border with images of Maggie's story by Arlene Mejorado.
  Where the border ends and the water begins in Tijuana,...
Where the border ends and the water begins in Tijuana, Mexico by Arlene Mejorado, 2017.
Femme Frontera is a book and project that journeys into the physical borderlands of California and Texas with Mexico through in-depth parallel story telling between the two regions. I explored fronteras (borders) in a conceptual and abstract manner with a non-linear and non-binary structure focusing on people that live in spaces I consider to be “in-between”. Femme is an identity that motions towards liberation and the vignettes illustrated in Femme Frontera offer a window into lives of people who I believe created safety and liberation in their femme-ness. The goal of Femme Frontera was to open up space for migrants and trauma survivors in femme visibility. We blurred the line between art and journalism, playing with a new form of storytelling. Each individual lives in a layered experience, an intersectional reality.
  A spread in Femme Frontera: Portraits by Adriana...
A spread in Femme Frontera: Portraits by Adriana Monsalve.
   Lo que se ve no se pregunta    / What you see you...
Lo que se ve no se pregunta / What you see you do not ask, by Adriana Monsalve, Laredo, Texas, 2016
  A spread from Femme Frontera:      An excerpt of...
A spread from Femme Frontera:  
An excerpt of Lucy's words (left) & a portrait of Lucy by Arlene Mejorado, Tijuana, Mexico, 2017 (right). 

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