The Border Cruiser is a video installation in a former police car that was inspired after talking with illegal immigrants in New York City in 2007. Projected from inside onto the rear windows of the vehicle is a Brazilian immigrant who tells his ordeal of how he entered the United States illegally and the difficulties he faces once he is in the country. The video sculpture is the fourth project in an ever expanding body of work and marks the first that maintains the full functionality of the automobile while the videos are playing. The intent of the work is to heighten public awareness of the dangers and hardships that immigrants face who enter the country illegally to find work.
The project was well received at its debut during ArtBasel Miami Beach. Not only was the work presented at Fountain Miami and Bridge Miami satellite art fairs, but could also be seen driving on the streets of Miami Beach and Miami to various evening events and parties during the ArtBasel week.
Since its' debut during ArtBasel Miami Beach, the project has been exhibited at Locust Projects in Miami and the Art Car Museum in Houston, Texas for the Twelfth International Fotofest Biennial. The project was written up as a feature article in the Miami NewTimes as well as a number of online art journals and blogs.
Copyright 2007 Steven D. Gagnon
Press for Border CruiserMiami NewTimes: Best of Miami 2008
People Chinese Newspaper: Only Yesterday Exhibition at Houston Art Car Museum
People Chinese Newspaper. 22 April 2008. Section 1, Page 16.
is this houston?: Border Cruiser
Miami NewTimes: Rearview Limbo, Steven Gagnon makes mobile art of the immigrant’s plight.
Suarez de Jesus, Carlos. „Rearview Limbo: Steven Gagnon makes mobile art of the immigrant’s plight.“ Miami NewTimes. 14-20 February 2008: 40.
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a3tv: Border Cruiser Interview
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