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Imágenes de la frontera: El coyote [Images of the Border: The Coyote]

1992
50.9 x 71.4 cm (20 1/16 x 28 1/8 in.)

Vicente Bautista (United States, 1963 - ) Primary

Medium and Support: Screenprint
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Gilberto Cárdenas, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.299

This print refers to the economic system that has arisen in response to border crossings. The U.S.-Mexico border is an obstacle for many Mexican and Central American undocumented migrants and refugees who move north in search of a peaceful life free from dictatorial regimes and civil wars. "Coyote" is the term used for the human smugglers who lead vulnerable migrants on the treacherous journey, often charging hefty fees. In Vicente Bautista’s print, the coyote’s American flag tongue and the dollar bills in his front pocket symbolize the possible high cost of improperly entering the U.S.: both the resources required to hire a human smuggler and the capital then needed to reside in the country.

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