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Colleen agreed to meet me for lunch and tell me about visiting Dale in the Mexican prison. She’s on a blood thinner now and any little scratch becomes a wound. She scraped her arm on the table and bled the rest of the meal. This image is part of a series documenting my hometown, Mission, Texas. Located miles from the Texas-Mexican border, Mission represents the border in many ways. The larger project involves my own landscape, portrait, and architectural photographs, paired with appropriated images, diaries and video made in Mission over the last seventy years by family members as well as other residents. As part of the project, I constructed two parade floats for the local Texas Citrus Fiesta and videotaped the city from the floats. I also distributed and collected 170 disposable cameras to parade-goers to document the town and the festival and have shown their images separately and in conjunction with the project.
David McClain has a BA from Rice University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited in Houston, Austin, and Chicago and featured in the Houston Press, Houston Chronicle, TimeOut New York, Fifth Wednesday Journal and PhotoNews Magazine and various blogs. He has taught advanced photography at SAIC and currently teaches at Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Education and Houston Community College. His practice principally involves photography and painting and various curatorial projects.