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John Jota Leanos: Frontera! Animated Histories of the Southwest Borderlands

John Jota Leanos (UC Santa Cruz): Visual Arts Practice and Research Grant
Frontera! Animated Histories of the Southwest Borderlands animates the complex social history southwest borderlands of the United States along four major river systems – the Río Grande, the Colorado, the Mississippi and the Sacramento Rivers – through musical documentary animation. Laced together with a musical narrative approach sung by a chorus of contemporary Mariachi, the program is animated with hand-drawn characters, maps, graphic “assets” that reference Pre-Colombian art, Native American iconography, Spanish world maps, European engravings and more. The computer animation and motion graphics document critical, but marginalized moments in the long history of a contested border region offering new perspectives on issues of immigration, nationhood and the formation of the southwest borderlands of the United States, a region of vast cultural exchange, conviviality and cohabitation, but also one marred by violence and trauma spanning over 500 years.

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