A project initiated by 3 students who donated hundreds of single-use cameras to two groups of people on opposite sides of the US-Mexico border.
The first is The Vigilantes or minutemen ('' were civilian colonists who independently organized to form militia companies self-trained in weaponry, tactics, and military strategies from the American colonial partisan militia during the American Revolutionary War. They were known for being ready. at a minute's notice, hence the name '') who want to stop illegal migrants crossing the borders of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The second group are these migrants.
Students collected about 2,000 photos showing the determination of people leaving their homes, looking for a better life in the USA and those who "defend" their country against the influx of new people who, in their opinion, may lead to the deterioration of the country's economic condition.
The approach to this project was "give cameras to those affected and let the stories tell themselves. ''
The students had to teach the migrants to use the cameras, explain how to send the cameras back in a prepaid envelope, they also gave them a Walmart card with a zero balance, which was to be topped up after they sent the cameras back. In the case of Vigilantes it was a bit easier because these people were able to operate the camera.
These two social groups meet every day at the border of the country, the winner is the faster, smarter, more determined. It reminds me of animals fighting in their natural habitat. But should such situations occur in the 21st century? Is it humane to send a man to a place where he can starve to death? Are rich countries able to accept more and more new migrants? Who has the right to decide where someone's place is in the world? Should migrant people stay and fight for a better tomorrow in their country, or flee to a safer place? These are the questions I ask myself after reading this project. Unanswered questions.