Observing, Surveying & Securing Territory

Incendiary Traces at the C4i4

By Hillary Mushkin | October 30, 2012

Spanish translation by Daniela Lieja


Imagining global war: popular cartography during world war II

By Tatsiana Zhurauliova | September 2, 2014

Incendiary Traces looks at the cartographic representations of WWII in the 1940s, providing historical context for understanding our own conception of global space.

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Artists, Surveillance and Patrol at the Border

By Hillary Mushkin | July 8, 2014

Incendiary Traces visits the Mexico/U.S. Border to view the barrier between the two countries from the perspective of U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Crossing the Line: A History of Medical Inspection at the Border

By Celeste Menchaca | June 24, 2014

"In the early 1900s, medical inspection and photographic documentation ushered in a new set of surveillance procedures for state oversight at the U.S.-Mexico border."

Tracing the U.S. / Mexico Border Wall

By Hillary Mushkin | January 22, 2013

Artists, art historians, and students gathered to draw the most southwestern edge of the U.S./Mexico border as part of a continued investigation by Incendiary Traces.

Battlefields of Santa Barbara

By Jason Hill | January 9, 2013

How does modern war mark the California landscape? A single day's photographic record produced on the Southern California coast offers one compelling answer.

The Journey to Border Monument Number 140

By David Taylor | December 18, 2012

David Taylor set out to photograph each of the 276 obelisks installed by the International Boundary Commission following the Mexican/American War.

A Brief History of Border Walls

By Jena Lee | December 4, 2012

Incendiary Traces lists historical and contemporary border walls to provide some global and historical context for understanding Southern California's contested US/Mexico border.

Drawing a Line: Encounters with the U.S.-Mexico Border

By Susanna Newbury | November 13, 2012

Susanna Newbury examines the history of the U.S./Mexico border and its geopolitical importance to the United States.