Pedro Lasch was born in Mexico City and then moved stateside to New York City at age 19. From New York he traveled south and settled in North Carolina. Now a visual artist and Professor at Duke University in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Lasch’s conceptual works often explore this notion of movement and immigration. In his ongoing series, Latino/a America, Lasch provides a pair of maps of the American continent to travelers who will cross the U.S./Mexico Border. The land mass is shaded red and the word “Latino/a” is written across North America; “o/a” is stylized to resemble a percent mark. Written across the heart of South America is simply “America.” These pristine prints are folded and tucked away with travelers, but they return with ragged edges, coffee stains and dirt, a sort of physical travelogue of the voyage between the U.S. and Mexico. A selection of these maps are currently being installed at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University next to a site-specific wall painting of an untouched Latino/a America.
Images: Pedro Lasch, Latino/a America, 2003/2013. Mixed-media installation. Courtesy of the artist. Photos by J Caldwell.