A life in the spotlight
We are in Tijuana, a Mexican city on the border of the United States. Life there seems to be like in many tourist places: the beach, picnics, music and games for children. And then the streetlights. Too many streetlights. They dazzle us, repel and constrain our freedom. They are a kind of wall already, a visual barrier that always reminds us that we are “on the other side”. For political reasons we have to endure life in custody: because when we approach this artificial border, it is no longer a question of having fun. If the glare makes us lose our bearings and prevents us from perceiving what is happening behind this fence, the guards spy on us and threaten us at the slightest misstep. This game of domination exercised through light is a well-structured surveillance system and, like a panoptic prison, we feel permanently watched. Thus, through blindness and fear, we are forced to respect demeaning laws.
All images and text © Elise Rochard
By Elise Rochard
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