INSITE Journal

Betsabeé Romero,
Ayate Car, 1997


Betsabeé Romero’s INSITE97 project, Ayate Car, was installed next to the border fence in Colonia Libertad. Romero covered a 1955 Ford Crown Victoria with floral painted fabric and filled it with roses that decayed slowly over the course of the exhibition. The residents of the colonia protected the car throughout the exhibition and saw it as their own shrine. Meant to contrast the masculine with the feminine, the car was a symbol of refuge and an altar at which residents could seek solace from the struggles that are a part of daily life in Colonia Libertad.