Rex Koningsor

Rex Koningsor

 

 

 

Artist Statement

 

My photography work is generally of an activist-documentation point of view, dealing with themes of Nature and mankind’s effect on the environment, political-social issues, and current events in and around Southern Arizona.  I am an active volunteer with No More Deaths, Samaritans, and Humane Borders, while I strive to document the plight of migrants who cross our southern border in hopes of finding a better life.  These people represent the bottom strata of the American Labor system, performing menial jobs for lower than legal wages in most cases, and always under the threat of arrest and deportation. These are people whom our economic system is dependent upon, to keep cost down in labor intensive industries such as agricultural, material handling and service industries. These people are in fact a commodity of the labor market, a steady source of cheap labor for the American economy.  Every year hundreds of migrants die in the desert in pursuit of the American Dream.  Thousands more are arrested and deported, sometimes while on their first crossing of the desert, others after years of life in the United States, only to be deported as obsolete redundant workers.  Few simple truths can be found in the desert, but certainly these people, the migrants, those who cross the desert undocumented, bear the burden of an unjust, broken immigration policy, that the rich profit from. Sometimes it costs them time in prison, other times they pay with their life.  I hope these images lead to discussion of the immigration issue, and a more just and humane immigration policy.

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