Sunday, November 20, 2016

New Exhibition in Tijuana
 Photo: Luis Camarena

18 large scale images of the LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border project by Stefan Falke are on display inside the San Ysidro Port of Entry in Tijuana. The exhibition is hosted by Festival Tijuana Interzona.

More photos of the exhibition:

Monday, September 12, 2016


Opening reception and discussion at GOETHE INSTITUTE Washington DC with artists Daniel Schwarz and Stefan Falke on Wednesday, September 14, 6 – 8 pm. 
Wed, 09/14/2016 – Fri, 11/04/2016
(Entrance on 20th Street NW, lower level)
Washington, DC
1990 K Street NW, Suite 03
Inspired by and organized in cooperation with the Mexican Cultural Institute.
The following text is from the Goethe Institut Washington website announcing the exhibition:
This exhibition aims to contribute to our ongoing conversation about walls, borders and people.
Until recently, the idea of separating territories and peoples via manmade borders seemed an outdated relic from the past. Recent political developments, however, including the creation of new barriers at the European Union’s borders, have made such barriers a topic of heated debate once again. Germany’s own past in this regard serves as inspiration for two German artists, Daniel Schwarz and Stefan Falke, who take a close look at the geography and the cultural and social commonalities on the two sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.
Two 1,000-inch-long accordion books by Daniel Schwarz entitled The Mexico – United States Border (East & West) make the border tangible, examining it through Google Maps satellite imagery. Starting in the West with the Pacific Coast’s urbanized area between San Diego and Tijuana, the books extend eastward to the Colorado River Delta and Sonoran Desert, through the Chihuahuan Desert, and then proceed along the course of the Rio Grande to the Gulf of Mexico in the East.
In the photography project LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border, Stefan Falke focuses on artists who live and work along the U.S.-Mexico border, documenting their individual stories and their arts’ positive influence on their societies. LA FRONTERA functions as a counter-narrative, giving a face to the vibrant culture, cultural expression and artistic exchange of this little-known border region which is disproportionally portrayed by the media through the lens of violent crime.
Daniel Schwarz works and lives in Los Angeles and teaches at Loyola Marymount University. He moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and graduated from UCLA with an MFA in Design Media Arts. His works, which engage critically with aspects of control and power structures, state authority and cartography, have been exhibited and performed at MassMoCA in New York, Sónar Festival Barcelona and the Venice Film Festival.
Stefan Falke moved to New York in 1985, where he works as a photographer. LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border, on which he has been working since 2008, received the 2013 David Chow Humanitarian Award and has been exhibited in Mexico, the U.S. (e.g. PHOTOVILLE 2014/New York) and Germany (e.g. Triennial of Photography/Hamburg). The project has been featured in The New York Times, BBC, The Huffington Post, and others.
Inspired by and organized in cooperation with the Mexican Cultural Institute, which is exhibiting a related show entitled Delimitations from September 28, 2016 – January 28, 2017, including an artist talk on the day of the opening. Works by artists Marcos Ramírez Erre and David Taylor catalog a 2,400-mile-long, site-specific installation that traces the border between Mexico and the United States as it existed in 1821. In marking the short-lived historic boundary with a series of monuments that mimic those installed along the contemporary border between Mexico and the United States, Ramírez and Taylor question the permanence of borders. Their work acknowledges the territory that Mexico lost and makes a claim for the present, not to contest the current boundary but to prompt a recognition that the United States and Mexico have a shared history and a common interest.
La Frontera

Monday, May 02, 2016

Only 2 days left to support my LA FRONTERA project

There are only 60 hours left to claim these prints !! Or to simply donate. My fundraiser on Indiegogo closes soon !!! I can do a lot with little money, every dollar helps with the next trip to the U.S.-Mexico border to continue my project about artists living and working there:

Your support is very much appreciated !!
Stefan Falke

Thursday, April 28, 2016

La Frontera @ Deutsches Haus at NYU

Tonight is the opening of La Frontera @ Deutsches Haus at NYU !!

La Frontera: Artists Along the U.S.-Mexican Border 

Opening: Thursday, April 28, 6:30 p.m. 
Deutsches Haus at NYU
As part of the Literary Mews- a festival within the PEN World Voices Festival- Deutsches Haus at NYU will present "La Frontera," an exhibition by photographer Stefan Falke, and an artist talk with Stefan Falke and the journalist Claudia Steinberg.

LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border

Stefan Falke visited and photographed 180 artists, painters, photographers, musicians, writers, and architects along the U.S.-Mexican border to document the abundant cultural activities in a region that is usually overlooked, or portrayed by the international media as a site of violent crime. The high-security steel fence erected by the United States government along most of the 2000-mile long border did its part to create a psychological and physical barrier. It was important to Falke to capture the cultural activities of the communities along the fence: “Artists are the pulse of a society, and I believe if we ignore the cultural side of troubled spaces we will soon stop caring altogether.”

Please join us for the exhibition opening on April 28 at 6:30 p.m. Stefan Falke will be present.

Stefan Falke was born and raised in Paderborn, Germany. He worked as a photographer's assistant in Munich and later as a silk-screen printer in Hamburg. He moved to New York in 1985 and later worked as a film-set photographer, mostly for movies filmed in Europe and Africa. Besides working on assignments, he started photographing a long-term project about a stilt-walking school in the Caribbean entitled Moko Jumbies: The Dancing Spirits of Trinidad, which was exhibited at the international photo journalism festival Visa Pour L'Image in 2004 in Perpignan, France, and published as a book in New York the same year (Pointed Leaf Press). Falke became a member of the prestigious German photo agency laif / agentur fuer photos und reportagen in 1999. His book La Frontera was published in Germany in 2014. Stefan Falke has lived in Brooklyn, New York, since 2002.

Since Claudia Steinberg left Germany for New York City in 1980, she has been covering a wide range of subjects like art, travel, design, social issues, and fashion for German publications like Vogue, Die Zeit, Cicero, Kunstzeitung, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. She has been the U.S. correspondent for the German architecture and design magazine Architektur & Wohnen since 1999 and has also written for the home section of The New York Times, Surface, and Interior Design Magazine. In 2004 a book of essays on art and food appeared in collaboration with photographer Bärbel Miebach, followed by “The Art of Living”, published by Monacelli Press in 2009. In 2012 she wrote and co-directed a documentary on the New York Waterfront for the French/German television station Arte. Claudia joined photographer Stefan Falke at the U.S.-Mexican border by Tijuana twice, and authored the foreword to La Frontera. She is currently working on a collection of oral histories about life in the Rockaways.

Deutsches Haus at NYU
42 Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003 
Phone: 212.998.8660

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Support LA FRONTERA project - phase 2

Please help me to continue my visits to the border to document the vibrant cultural life along the 2000 miles long divide !!

I would like to invite you to contribute to the next phase of my favorite project:
LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US-Mexico Border.
From the moment I set foot in Tijuana in November 2008 I realized that the border region would become the most compelling material of my life as a photographerI recognized that all the news about violent crimes told only a small part of life along the border. My discovery of a vibrant art scene flourishing back then was a great inspiration, and I urgently wanted to share its story. 
I have already photographed over 180 painters, muralists, sculptors, performance artist, poets, gallery owners and curators south (and some also north) of the US border in Matamoros, Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo, Ciudad Juarez, Nogales, Mexicali, Tecate, Tijuana as well as San Diego, El Paso, McAllen and Brownsville.
But I'm not done yet, the project continues.
I'm planning to revisit some of the 180 artists whose work has had the most impact on their communities and produce in-depth interviews and videos about their lives and their art. Finding new artists will also be part of my expanded La Frontera project. 

The interviews, photographs, and videos will be published on the, which will re-launch with a visually richer, updated and interactive design. I am also working on a book for the US and Mexico, which will include the new material. 
The new educational and entertaining website will be the heart of my LA FRONTERA project. I will invite art museums and cultural institutions from both sides of the border to add their calendars and other content to the site, and individual artists can to link to their work. An app for smartphones and tablets is planned.

Your contribution will help to accomplish this.

My ultimate goal is to develop LA FRONTERA into an interactive online community that will forge cultural connections along the entire 2,000-miles-long border.
I feel passionate enough about this project to ask you for your help. Here is what I need:
Funds for roundtrip air fare from New York as well as for lodging, car rental, and video equipment for three separate trips:
1. New York - Brownsville/McAllen/Matamoros/Reynosa/N.Laredo
2. New York - El Paso/Cidudad Juarez
3. New York - San Diego/Tijuana/Tecate/Mexicali
If funds permit I will include other border towns and cities, especially the city of Piedras Negras, since the state of Coahuila is not represented in my project yet!!.
(Funds to have the La Frontera website re-designed as described above. )

I appreciate you in advance!

Perks La Frontera 1-3:
My personal postcard to you (Raechel Running at the border fence near Agua Prieta, Mexico)

La Frontera solo exhibitions to date:
Casa del Tunel (Tijuana, Mexico), Casa Familiar (San Ysidro, California), The Mexican Cultural Institute (Washington, DC), IMAS Museum (McAllen, Texas), Cervantes (Frankfurt, Germany), The Mexican Embassy Frankfurt (Frankfurt, Germany), Photoville 2014** (New York, NY), The Triennial of Photography (Hamburg, Germany), 2015. 
** that exhibition was supported by the Mexican Cultural Institutes of New York and Washington DC, and BRIC Media House, Brooklyn.
Upcoming exhibition: La Frontera at Deutsches Haus at NYU in New York City, opening 04/28/2016  !!
Social Media: Instagram: @borderartists Facebook: LaFrontera  
The book: The LA FRONTERA book with photographs of all 180 artists from the project was published in Germany (German/Spanish) by Edition Faust:  Stefan Falke: LA FRONTERA  ISBN: 978-3-9815893-5-1 

Perks 2 through 7: 
Border Collage
Perk La Frontera 5 special:
Border 01 (Border fence in Arizona, USA)

Border 02 (Border fence in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico)

Border 03 (Border fence between Nogales, USA, and Nogales, Mexico)
Perks La Frontera 9 through 11:
Border 10 - Raechel Running with US-Mexico flag at the border fence in Agua Prieta.  
All limited edition prints are signed and numbered, available in sizes: 
11 x 14 (29x36 cm), 16 x 20 (40x51 cm), and 20 x 30" (51x76 cm).
© Stefan Falke - All prints are produced by Luxlab, New York, on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth 305 gsm.
(Please send me a message to if you wish another image from "Border 11-22", shown below)
More images (also included in Limited Edition Portfolio Box, see below):

Border 11

Border 12

Border 13

Border 14
Border 15

Border 16

Border 17

Border 18

Border 19

Border 20

Border 21

Border 22

The Perks La Frontera 12 and 13:
The limited edition clamshell portfolio box is available in two sizes:
 11 x 14 (29x36 cm) - edition of 25, and 16 x 20 (40x51 cm) - edition of 15 (!). 
The box includes all 12+1 prints Border 10-22, as shown above.
© Stefan Falke - All prints are produced by Luxlab, New York, on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth 305 gsm.
Below is the larger version, 16 x 20" (40x51 cm):