Kikito peers over the border fence. Kikito peers over the border fence.

A toddler peers over the border fence

As the 'dreamers' face uncertainty, a young Mexican takes a look over the wall

The fence erected by the government of the United States along stretches of the border with Mexico has been used as a canvass by countless artists. This week, a French photographer known as JR has added his own contribution.

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“Some people dream about fantasy worlds, I dream about walls,” he told the newspaper The New York Times in a phone interview to talk about the monumental photograph of a toddler that he installed at the fence on Wednesday.

JR, a self described “artivist,” was developing an idea that had come to him in a dream that took him to the Baja California cities of Tijuana and Tecate.

He was scouting locations close to the border fence in the latter city when he met a family and their year-old toddler David Enrique. When JR asked if he could photograph the child his family agreed, on condition that they could change Kikito, as the infant is called, into a fresh set of clothes.

As he was looking at the child through the lens of his camera JR’s dream took a definite shape. Kikito grasped the sides of his crib to peer out, and JR saw his project.

Now, a 20-meter-tall photo of Kikito looms over the border with the United States, peering from Mexico at what’s on the other side of the fence, and will remain there for a month.

The full impact of the photograph can only be seen and appreciated from the United States side.

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“I wonder, is this kid worrying about what will happen? What does he think?” JR said. “At one year old, you don’t see the border or which side is better.”

JR said his piece of art was not inspired by politics, and that it is the viewer and his or her imagination who will interpret its meaning.

The project that began with a dream materialized a few days after the United States president moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that shields young undocumented immigrants, known as “dreamers,” from deportation.

JR said he had not intended the project to coincide with that news. Instead, he told the Associated Press, it was part of his long-term work to highlight the “Ellis Islands of today,” which has taken him from Gaza to the shores of Italy and now to the California desert.

“Now as an artist I think it’s amazing that the piece arrived at a moment when it creates more dialogue,” he said. “Because the idea itself is to raise more questions.”

Source: Debate (sp), Milenio (sp), ABC News Australia (en), The New York Times (en)

Click here to see a map showing the photograph’s location.

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  • ben

    the chiiilllllden……

  • TioDon

    You can look all you want, just stay in Mexico.

    • kcjmc

      … and if you’re there illegally, leave.

  • Not inspired by politics? Yeah, sure.

  • Don J Aitken

    Who would want to go to TRUMP LAND?

    • David Nichols

      30 million Mexicans…

      • Güerito

        30 million are already in the US. At least another 30 million would go if they could.

        • ben

          dont forget the famlies who can come.

      • ben

        and their families, like all 200 cousins aunts uncles brothers sisters their children its never ending. thats only for ONE ammesty. ole!

    • ben

      we need to resue the dreaming mexicans & central americans from the racist sexist homophobic xenaphobic evil white supremists. bring the children home!!! ole!

    • ben

      millions of 3rd worlders thats who. protect them for the donald.

    • ben

      millions of 3rd world people who do not respect YOU. check it out.

  • cooncats

    When you get past the juvenile emoting about this unprecedented exodus from Mexico because of the crime, corruption and destruction of opportunity by the criminal ruling class, you might be mature enough to wonder why people expect their neighboring country to put up with this situation forever. I wonder if the shoes were on the other foot and tens of millions of “gringos” as you disparagingly describe us decided to move in on you uninvited whether you’d be out there building a wall on Mexico’s side of the border.

    No need for a wall if Mexico took responsibility for its side, really shut down its criminals and really created opportunity for its people where it should be, namely at home.

    • ben

      now since ammesty is in the wings, border crossings have increased 200%. many are teens, mothers w/young children & come for the social welfare. here we go again. legal immigrants have to pay for college ILLegals do not. these are the democrat voters of the future. source: breitbart news.

  • Louis Barbosa

    Interesting art project that is causing different interpretations depending on your point of view. I think that Mexico is observing the U.S. and learning from their actions. We are bordering countries and the lack of knowledge that many Americans hold regarding their neighbors is astounding. There are already 1 million U.S. expats residing in Mexico and we get long very well. We have influenced each other for generations and have borrowed culturally from each other. Hopefully we will start to dialogue and understand one another better.

    • ben

      immigration act was passed in 1965, they lied about the demographics. now? there are even gypies living in a small PA town. stealing trashing collecting. mexico? cebtral america? hell w/thier flags! only patriots should have been allowed to stay. millions of poor uneducated people add nothing to america. we have our own poor. i wish mexico was as nice to us as we are them.

      • Louis Barbosa

        Immigration laws have been on the books way before that. The Chinese exclusionary laws were 1920s. Gypsies can be found throughout the world, and are bad mouthed all over. Poor uneducated people are the most likely to leave their home countries in search of better opportunities. What is the point? If by your reasoning only wealthy well educated are allowed to come here, then the country would lose hard working innovative and risk taking individuals who are a boon to any country.

        • ben

          most gypsies are criminal. ask the townsfolk in PA. we owe them nothing. they came from the middle east years back. they dont belong in western society. the top ones run the criminal gangs. many “hard working” americans who need jobs. this includes blacks & legal hispanics. not sexy enough for you? like those illiterate azteca? somolians? the ones w/ an average IQ of 85? the ones who are inbred? they are way ahead in line. veterans go homeless while these UNvetted mostly useless people get apts. it is about ethnic replacement to serve the global bankers. put aside your insipid rhetoric & grow up.

        • ben

          we have enough of our own poor we dont need more. who will do low no skill jobs? americans as they did before.

          • Louis Barbosa

            Isolationism prevents progress!

          • ben

            jobs are saved for daca rather than unemployed americans. thats the program. you havent said anything except empty slogans.

          • Louis Barbosa

            You are too angry to have a rational discussion and lack fundamental knowledge for an interesting discourse.

          • ben

            you do not know facts. show them to me. americans first & thats a fact. mexicans first in mexico thats a fact.

          • ben

            mexico for mexicans, correct? we dont owe you. get your own progress, grow up mexico.

  • M E

    Just a matter of time before some lil bastard shoots that thing with paint balls lol…you’ll see

  • ben

    democrats 1865: without slaves who will pick our cotton? democrats in 2017: without mexicans who will pick our crops? somethings never change. (we should have picked our own cotton).

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