A Future Memorial For NAFTA was a performance and installation produced by a collective of artists and activists on January 1st, 2014, the 20th anniversary of the free trade agreement. Installed at the border fence between San Diego (US) and Tijuana (MEX), The memorial marks the 20 years of death brought about by NAFTA, and is meant to prefigure the death of NAFTA itself.
Borders very much resemble constellations, seemingly fixed plotted relations in the sky filled with meaning and myth, that nonetheless are deeply historical, constantly shifting and rearranging themselves, blinking in and out of existence. This installation is meant to provoke memories of the past 20 years of death under NAFTA, and a collective imagining of a future in which such policies would be unimaginable.
Press coverage of the project can be found here:
“Black-flagging the border” (San Diego City Beat)