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I Promise To Do This, Mexico.

Collaborative works made together with photo journalist Lasse Bak Mejlvang. Work shown at Mellemfolkeligt Samvirkes headquarters in Copenhagen in September 2019.

Few believed it would ever become a reality when president candidate Donald Trump back in 2015 promised to build a wall between The United States and Mexico. But the world would soon become wiser. Time has shown that when the Trump won the election the US got a president who is completely unpredictable. We can’t even imaging what he will tweet or say next. Construction of walls, buying foreign countries or breaking old agreements. It is as if we are in Trumps universe and are being presented with this surreal world, and soon we won’t know what’s real and what’s not.

As an accusing finger and a comment to President Donald Trump, photo journalist Lasse Bak Mejlvang and artist Anders Bendixen have created a series of images that they have given the title ”I promise to do this, Mexico”. In a mix of analog photographs and digital drawings the images puts focus on prejudges, emigrants and Trumps construction plans along the US/Mexico border. The title is inspired by one of Trumps own tweets, the one where he promises not to build a Trump Tower on Greenland, (”I promise not to do this Greenland”)

The photographs in the series are shot in Cancun, Tulum and Holbox. These names are very familiar to most Americans and are amongst some of their most popular vacation destinations. And with good reason, these places are very attractive and all three are located in the north eastern part of Mexico, right by the Caribbean archipelago and has some of the cleanest turquoise water you can imaging. Very convenient for the Americans it is only a four hour flight away from New Yorks harsh winters to sun, sand and all inclusive hotels.

If you choose to build a wall to keep someone out you are also locking yourself in.


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