A Country is Not a House: Ronald Rael + Virginia San Fratello

Publication Date


Document Type


Exhibition/Performance Dates

May 7 - October 30, 2022

Publication Title

ASU Art Museum

Conference Location

Tempe, AZ


Brittany Corrales


Fusing design with activism, Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello have spent more than a decade questioning the implications and contradictions of the border wall that divides the United States from Mexico. Structurally and conceptually, the artists undermine and dismantle the wall itself — a symbol of xenophobia and fear — through speculative explorations that promote social, economic and ecological reparations. Their inventive and poignant commentary is a protest against the wall, our most politically polarizing architectural feature, and a projection about its future. Offering new imaginaries, the exhibition features drawings, prints, models, videos and newly commissioned sculptural installations inspired by our region that serve as a reminder of how human beings can transcend the forces that seek to divide us.