The current land border between Mexico and the United States measures 3,185 km.
In 1994, the United-States under President Bill Clinton, the construction of a wall began, initially made of iron plates brought back from the Gulf War. Today, the border wall measures 1,123 km. In Tijuana the wall begins, going so far as to cut the ocean itself in two. US American men cross the border easily from north to south to buy bodies of women and young women from all around Latin America, to consume drugs and alcohol, all inexpensively. They call it sex tourism.

I went to Mexico's northern border, to Tijuana, after years of painting the faces of missing women in Mexico City from the missing persons notices I saw on the streets every day.
Many of these women and young women are torn from their lives by sex trafficking.
After these emotionally charged years, my body was deeply sad, haunted and filled with a sense of injustice that could not find words. This body which is also vulnerable in the streets of Mexico for being that of a woman.
Also, I went to Tijuana, to express with my body what I could not say, to try to heal. Expressing with love the intrinsic freedom of the female body and the pain of absence, the pain of this violent reality, as violent as the existence and the consequences of the wall. I wanted to pay tribute to women who no longer have a voice, carrying their memory within me. I wanted to position myself in the face of this reality still acquired by society that the body and the life of women do not matter. Find in this land cut in two by an iron wall a damaged ally and in this ocean which returns irremediably to collide between the iron posts an ally of struggle.

  • Laurene Praget
  • Laurene Praget
  • Laurene Praget
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  • Rubén Colin Gama
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    3 minutes 32 seconds
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    March 15, 2022
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Director Biography - Laurene Praget

Laurene Praget is a visual artist born in the west of France, graduate in Visual Arts and in Philosophy of Art who lives and works between Mexico and France after years based in Mexico City.
Her work tells about women and girls, from a sensitive, political and organic thought. Telling about beings, lives, processes, behind or within the framework of society.
She conducts sensitive, intimate and political documentary work that testifies and archives lives, realities and pays tribute, mostly in Mexico.

She works through painting, focusing this practice since 2017 on painting portraits of missing women in Mexico City from the notices of disappearance that she encountered daily in the street, as a tribute and to resist against their invisibilization.
After several projects and collaborations about violence against women in Mexico, she began to see her artistic concerns extend toward being present in the world as a woman. She developed projects in both analog and digital photography, using the image as an archiving of women's (hi)stories within contemporary concerns and using a poetic and intimate vocabulary. She also began to question her own relationship to this world, she seeking a sensitive form of undamaged femininity requiring a healing process. Within this movement, she began to involve her own body in her projects to observe and try to express her vision of an essence of femininity, connected to the Earth and other women, documenting the strength of vulnerability, through self portrait video and more broadly through experimental and intimate video poetry.

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