Ana Fernandez

Ana Teresa Fernandez paints the Mexican side of the border fence in Tijuana, Baja California.

Artist Ana Teresa Fernandez plans to paint a mural on the border fence in Nogales, Sonora during a visit to the area in October that also includes a lecture at Tubac Center of the Arts.

“This mural is designed to optically erase the fence from the perception of the viewer by matching the background,” said sponsoring organization Border Community Alliance in a news release. The BCA will host a tour to the mural site and see the artist in action on Tuesday, Oct. 13. The tour meeting place and time will be sent upon registration.

On Friday, Oct. 16, Fernandez will lecture at the Tubac Center of the Arts starting at 6 p.m.

“I will speak more about passion and what drives the ideas behind my work,” she said in a news release.

“I will talk about my travels to Mexico, Haiti, South Africa and Brazil and work I have done there with the different communities. And how passion and voice play a huge part in having something manifest out of nothing to create a valuable change within a neighborhood.”

Fernandez was born and raised in Tampico, Veracruz, Mexico and received her MFA in 2006 from the San Francisco Art Institute. “Her work illuminates the barriers, both psychological and physical, that confine and divide gender, race, and class in western society and the global south,” the BCA said.

Her visit is part of a statewide residency program sponsored by ASU Performance in the Borderlands. Registration for events and more information can be found at bordercommunityalliance.com.

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