Ron English

In April 2011, Ron English put up this billboard along the U.S./Mexico border. This photograph of the billboard, along with photos of some of English’s other hijinks at the border, were spread online through blogs. Presumably, most of the people who saw the photograph were not those who spend a lot of time along the U.S./Mexico border, but they might have some pretty strong opinions, nonetheless, about immigration, drugs, and other issues that connect Mexicans and Americans. English points out that most of us are really just armchair politicians and activists without any real idea of what’s going on in Mexico, because we haven’t been there to experience it ourselves. English says, “Even if you’re well-informed, you having a well-informed opinion is not the same as being there.” It’s not quite Internet art, but this is a piece that’s certainly made to be seen by an online audience rather than those people who might see it in person.