Artist’s Empowering Border Murals
Born in Los Angeles in 1980 to an engineer and an artist, Miles “Mac” MacGregor has been creating and studying art independently since childhood. Inspired at a young age by classic European painters such as Caravaggio, and Vermeer and Art Nouveau symbolists such as Klimt and Mucha, mixed with the more contemporary influences of graffiti and photorealism, as well as as the Chicano & Mexican culture he grew up around.
“Last December I painted murals in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuaha and El Paso, Texas as a sort of independent binational mural project that I’ve been planning for a few years with my friend David ‘Grave’ Herrera.
In 2012 I photographed participants in the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity (Caravana por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad) when it passed through El Paso. The caravan was made up of people who lost family members to the violence, corruption and injustice that has plagued Mexico for the last near-decade.
“Juarense y Poderosa”, the mural I painted in Ciudad Juárez, was based on photos I took of a young woman from there named Diana who lost her mother to kidnapping.
“Ánimo Sin Fronteras”, the second mural, on the other side of the border in El Paso, was based on my photos of a man named Melchor, whose son was disappeared by corrupt police. Both Diana and Melchor represent countless others who’ve lost and suffered in recent years.”
I felt a responsibility to paint these murals, to create images of inspiration and empowerment. In my own small way, with my own voice and platform, I hope to honor those that have suffered the effects of this ongoing injustice.”
These murals were made possible with the help of David ‘Grave’ Herrera and Amor Por Juarez.
Filming / Editing: Eric Heights
“Ripped Open By Metal Explosions”, Galt MacDermot, 1970
“Woman Is Sweeter”, Galt MacDermot, 1969
“Romeo y Julieta”, Rabbits & Carrots, 1969
“Freedom Time”, Henghel Gualdi, 1977
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