Postcommodity, Repellent Fence
125 people pledged $10,208 to support this project on Kickstarter.
Postcommodity’s Repellent Fence saw the artist collective, two towns, and 125 backers on Kickstarter realize a two-mile artwork that bisects the U.S./Mexico border. Investigating America’s eroding native culture, the work uses twenty-six 10-foot–wide balloons to highlight an indigenous trading route. The balloons combine the colors and iconography of an ineffective bird repellent product with those of indigenous medicinal traditions to challenge the sociopolitical authority of borders and reaffirm the indigeneity of the land. The collective bought together community leaders and city administrators from Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Mexico, to meet, brainstorm, build, and install the fence. Like pins on a map or needles being threaded, Postcommodity says, the balloons “reach across the border as a suture that stitches the peoples of the Americas together.”
Postcommodity consists of Raven Chacon, Christóbal Marínez, and Kade L. Twist.