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15 Minutes with M. Jenea Sanchez: Weaving Community Through Art

“Yes, the border divides . . . but the culture of this place is of one, not two.”

The Mexican Women’s Post Apocalyptic Survival Guide in the Southwest

Portrait of Lupita by M. Jenea Sanchez, 2016.

The women of the DouglaPrieta collective originally came together to generate more income for their families by raising chickens and rabbits, growing food, and selling handmade crafts. When the rent was raised beyond what they could pay on the hall they rented to sell their work, the women turned to the desert: They made bricks out of the desert clay, then built their own building using the bricks. And they did it all without running water or electricity.

Push Comes to Shove: Women and Power

Portrait of Cynthia by M. Jenea Sanchez, 2016.


M. Jenea Sanchez and Gabriela Muñoz performance documentation of “Labor,” 2016. Photo by Mary Stephens.

Tapiz Fronteriza de la Virgen de Guadalupela Virgen

Sanchez and Muñoz, “Tapiz Fronteriza de la Virgen de Guadalupe,” Mexico-US border, 2009.

la Virgen Tapiz Fronteriza de la Virgen de Guadalupe

Border Tapestry

Sanchez weaving “Border Tapestry” through the border fence, 2008. Photo by Rosa Sanchez.