Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello have created snow globes depicting eight fanciful uses for the border wall between the United States and Mexico. They call their snow globes recuerdos, Spanish for souvenirs, a term that defines both the trinkets one might purchase at tourist shops and memories. These recuerdos are tragic, sublime, and absurd, occasionally hyperbolized, but in all cases are based on their creators’ own experiences and actual events in the liminal space that defines the boundary between the United States and Mexico.

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