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A Trump

Veronica G. Cardenas

   A trump crossing the South Texas border

A trump crossing the South Texas border

Artist Statement

Fear and uncertainty are the most prominent feelings that undocumented immigrants are filled with since Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States, making him the most powerful man on Earth.  The President’s bold and unprecedented promises regarding immigration and the border wall have left undocumented immigrants' vulnerability exposed.  For Trump and many of his supporters, this group of individuals has only one face.

This two-part series includes images that were made in the border cities of Tamaulipas, México and South Texas, known as the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). The first part of the series presents a group of individuals that may be undocumented immigrants at some point in their lives due to their limited opportunities to make a better living, or due to violence in their country.  The second part of the series presents the undocumented population in South Texas, where fear and uncertainty are common denominators for this group of individuals, including the people who obtained a working permit through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

In this series, these undocumented individuals adopt the most powerful persona in the world.  Wearing the mask ensures that their identity is protected from what is to come during the next four years and beyond.  The phrase "undocumented immigrant" has been replaced by "a trump" to further protect their identities.

   A young potential trump collecting cans in a landfill in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

A young potential trump collecting cans in a landfill in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

   A potential trump cleaning windshields in     Reynosa, Tamaulipas

A potential trump cleaning windshields in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

   A potential trump working at a boutique in     Reynosa, Tamaulipas

A potential trump working at a boutique in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

   A potential trump dispensing gasoline in     Reynosa, Tamaulipas

A potential trump dispensing gasoline in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

   A potential trump waiting for customers in     Reynosa, Tamaulipas

A potential trump waiting for customers in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

   A DACA student or a potential trump attending UT Rio Grande Valley

A DACA student or a potential trump attending UT Rio Grande Valley

   A trump working in the fields in San Juan, Texas

A trump working in the fields in San Juan, Texas

   A trump selling vegetables in Mission, Texas

A trump selling vegetables in Mission, Texas

   A trump working in a restaurant in McAllen, Texas

A trump working in a restaurant in McAllen, Texas

   A trump serving tacos at a corner taco stand in Peñitas, Texas

A trump serving tacos at a corner taco stand in Peñitas, Texas

   A trump working as a housekeeper in Mission, Texas

A trump working as a housekeeper in Mission, Texas

   A trump mixing paints at a local business in Alamo, Texas

A trump mixing paints at a local business in Alamo, Texas

   A trump working in construction in Mission, Texas

A trump working in construction in Mission, Texas

About the Photographer

Verónica G. Cárdenas is a documentary photographer based in the southernmost region in Texas known as the Rio Grande Valley.  Her work has been shown in many venues, including the United Nations, Long Island City Arts Open in New York City, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley-UTRGV, the Festival of International Books and Arts, and the Festival Internacional de Poesía Latinoamericana.  Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian,  El Mundo, Splinter News, Feature Shoot, Texas Observer, San Antonio Current, Austin Chronicle, and Black & White Magazine, among many others. 

To see more of Verónica's photography, please visit her website at http://veronicagabriela.com/ or her Instagram at http://instagram.com/veronica_g_cardenas/.

Artist statement and photographs © copyright 2016-2018 Verónica G. Cárdenas.  All rights reserved.