Continental Divide: Borderlands, Wildlife, People and the Wall

in Arts, News
February 22nd, 2016

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From February 18th through March 18th, Boston University School of Theology will feature a photo exhibit by borderlands activist and photographer, Krista Schlyer, as well as other artists: Jack Dykinga, Claudio Contreras Koob, Chris Linder, Wendy Shattil, Ian Shive, Roy Toft, and Christian Ziegler. This vibrant photo display is the product of the Borderlands RAVE (Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition) project, in which each of these artists participated. The artists eloquently document the wildlife of the U.S.-Mexico border and the impact of a border wall in the borderlands.

Through the photography in her new book, Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall, borderlands activist and RAVE coordinator Krista Schlyer illustrates the ecological consequences of the US-Mexico border wall and its effect on the diverse wildlife present on these lands. Schlyer’s expressive photos call for a commitment to environmental justice. The compelling visuals of young bison, vast desert scenery, and water sources draw attention to the wall’s division of the landscape and the protection deserved by the creatures found here. The month-long exhibit calls viewers to consider the consequences of human-made structures disrupting natural environments. Continental Divide won a 2013 National Outdoor Book Award and the exhibit has travelled to locations all over the United States, including Washington, DC, New Mexico, and Colorado.

A reception for the exhibit will take place on Wednesday, March 16 at 5:30pm at 745 Commonwealth Avenue, B23-B24 in Boston. The evening will include STH students sharing about their experiences from the Arizona/Mexico Border trip.

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Krista Schlyer bio:

Krista Schlyer is an award-winning photographer and writer focusing on conservation, biodiversity and public lands. She has worked throughout North America, from the arid lands of the American West to the urban rivers of Washington DC, and is drawn to the cause of underdogs, prairie dogs, and all things wild. Schlyer is a Senior Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers and winner of the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, National Outdoor Book Award, and Vision Award from the North American Nature Photographers Association.

Her stories and other publications have focused on wildlife like the desert tortoise, bison, prairie dog, and larger environmental issues including global warming, wildlife migration corridors and urban waterways. Over the past eight years, Schlyer’s work has focused heavily on documenting the US-Mexico Borderlands and the changes brought about by US border and immigration policy. This project has included leading a 17-member expedition along the entire 2,000-mile border with fellow photographers in the International League of Conservation Photographers. Schlyer curated a traveling exhibit from that expedition that has shown throughout the United States, including shows in the US House and Senate. — About on kristaschlyer.com.