apexart :: Public Program :: The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez

In conjunction with the exhibition Heterotopia organized by crystal am nelson.

The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández
directed by Kieran Fitzgerald

Friday, October, 18: 7–8:30 pm
Marfa Public Library Screening Room
Marfa, TX

Still from The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández
In 1997, no one in the small town of Redford, Texas (pop. 100), knew that U.S. Marine teams, fully camouflaged and armed with M16 rifles, had been secretly deployed to the section of the US/Mexico border near their town. Farmers like the Hernández family, who lived by the river, went on working their fields and tending to their livestock. On the evening of May 20, 18-year-old Esequiel Hernández Jr. left the house to tend to his family's goats, taking with him, as usual, a .22 rifle to keep away wild dogs. It was the last evening of his life.

The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández tells a frightening and cautionary tale about the dangers of using the military as domestic law enforcement. When Esequiel Hernández was shot in 1997 he became the first American killed by U.S. military forces on native soil since the 1970 Kent State shootings. Shortly after Hernández's death, the administration suspended all military operations along the border. Nearly 10 years later, the military returned to the border, this time as part of the war on terror and the George W. Bush administration's effort to stem illegal immigration.

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All events are free and open to the public.

apexart's exhibitions and and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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