Exhibit Information

Continental Divide is an exhibit of 30 large canvas photo prints gallery-wrapped on wood frames. The images depict the land, wildlife and people of the borderlands of the United States and Mexico, and the impact that construction of a border wall is having on them. 

The images in Continental Divide were taken primarily during a three and a half week expedition along the 2000-mile border between the United States and Mexico. The expedition included 13 photographers who documented a diverse range of borderlands flora, fauna and cultures. The purpose of the expedition was to highlight an area that is very little known by the general public, aside from news reports on illegal activity. In fact the borderlands region is one rich in history, biological diversity, and cultural heritage. 

The expedition was organized by photographer Krista Schlyer under the International League of Conservation Photographers RAVE program. RAVE stands for Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition and is aimed toward visually documenting a region that is faced with some ecological threat. In the case of the Borderlands RAVE, the threat is the construction of a wall and related infrastructure through sensitive ecosystems.

The goal of this exhibit is to reveal the nature of wild and human communities along the border, to help ensure that decisions about how we relate to international neighbors are based on a greater understanding of borderlands realities. The exhibit will hopefully also help viewers consider the meaning and impact of walls in a more general sense.

The exhibit debuted on April 29, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This Rayburn House Office Building show was well attended --including many members of Congress, seven of whom addressed the crowd. Many of those members reported that before seeing the exhibit they did not realize how much beauty and biodiversity existed in the borderlands. We also had members of the Bureau of Land Management and Department of Interior at the exhibit--many of whom reported that they did not realize the extent of the damage that was happening to land that they themselves were responsible for managing.

In November 2009, on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, the exhibit was shown in the U.S. Senate Russell Rotunda. The reception for this show included opening remarks by Senator John Kerry and Representative Norm Dicks. (see NBC TV coverage of this showing.

The exhibit has also traveled to Arizona, California, Wyoming, South Carolina, Maryland and New Mexico. Currently the exhibit is showing at Yale University in Connecticut. 

To find out about hosting a showing of the exhibit, please contact Krista Schlyer.


CONTINENTAL DIVIDE: Borderlands Wildlife, People and the Wall

Costs for exhibit travel

Shipping        $400 - $800

Setup                        $500

Take down                $500

Optional Costs for Show

Freestanding Display              $400/week   (approximate)


by Exhibit Creator/Photographer

Krista Schlyer

Travel costs  + Honorarium


Cost Varies

NOTE: Any damage to prints during exhibit showings are the responsibility of the venue to fix. Insurance is not mandatory, and these prints were designed to withstand normal travel and gallery display conditions, but replacement of prints will be required if damage occurs.

The exhibit requires 150 linear feet of wall space, or 75 feet of two sided display panels--with images hung on both sides of panels.

Exhibit comes with a short documentary on the borderlands region and optional brochures and postcards.

To see the text of exhibit captions and informational panels, visit our Art for Conservation gallery.

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Contact e-picmailto:kris_schly@yahoo.com?subject=Borderlands%20projectshapeimage_5_link_0




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