THE NAFTA EFFECT: SALT IN THE WOUND

THE NAFTA EFFECT: SALT IN THE WOUND (2005) is a guerrilla public projection that challenged anti-immigrant rhetoric and policy in response to the escalation of xenophobia in the years following 9/11. It drew attention to the debates surrounding immigration reform and the criminalization of undocumented workers. The project, which also included a 3-channel video, acknowledged the contribution and participation of immigrant laborers in daily life. On the level of policy, THE NAFTA EFFECT: SALT IN THE WOUND highlighted how international treaties like NAFTA, in concert with national anti-immigration efforts such as a 700-mile border fence, insidiously reshape the ways that families live and work on both sides of the border. Roaming the streets of Los Angeles and Boston, the project articulated that xenophobia is not an effective "immigration, trade, diplomatic, ethical or security" policy. THINK AGAIN utilized the metaphor of salt to signify an aspect of human suffering and misery. “Rubbing salt in a wound” invokes the gratuitous infliction of misery on those in already grueling situations.

Click on the link to read the entire text "poem" of the project in English and Spanish. A few examples of the text can also be found below.

Above: still, 3-channel video  

Below: example of projection texts in English and Spanish

PODANDO
CON PRECISIÓN UNA VALLA DE SETOS DE 4 METROS

 

SAL EN LA HERIDA
UNA CERCA FRONTERIZA DE 1126 KILÓMETROS

 

COLOCANDO
EN EL PISO 50,000 AZULEJOS PARA BAÑO DISTRIBUIDOS CON REGULARIDAD

 

SAL EN LA HERIDA
LA DESPIADADA BÚSQUEDA MUNDIAL DE TRABAJADORES POBRES DISPUESTOS A DAR TANTO POR TAN POCO A CAMBIO

 

PINTANDO
UÑAS IMPECABLEMENTE CON UNA CAPA DE ESMALTE ROJO BRILLANTE

 

SAL EN LA HERIDA
LA AMENAZA CONSTANTE DE REDADAS ARBITRARIAS

TRIMMING
PERFECTLY MANICURED12 FOOT HEDGES

 

SALT IN THE WOUND
A 700-MILE BORDER FENCE

 

LAYING
50,000 EVENLY SPACED BATHROOM TILES

 

SALT IN THE WOUND
THE RUTHLESS GLOBAL HUNT FOR POOR, CHEAP LABOR

 

PAINTING
3 FLAWLESS COATS OF RADIANT RED NAIL POLISH

 

SALT IN THE WOUND
THE THREAT OF RANDOM ROUND-UPS