Photo exhibit showcases images of Mexico border walls, fences

Photo exhibit showcases images of Mexico border walls, fences

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NEWARK, Ohio, Sept. 18, 2018 (AP): The U.S. border wall with México is frequently in the news, but few people have a chance to visit it up close, or to see details of the various sections.

Kenneth Madsen , an Ohio State University geography professor and border wall expert, hopes his new photo exhibit will help bring the border closer to people at a time of heated discussion about the role of the wall, and of barriers in society overall.

“Up Close with U.S.-México Border Barriers” opens Wednesday at the LeFevre Art Gallery on the Ohio State campus in Newark, 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Columbus. The free exhibit of 33 poster-sized pictures features border wall photos and maps.

One of the exhibit’s goals is creating awareness about the wall, which can include low-grade sections in rural areas meant to stop vehicles and much stronger barriers in cities meant to stop people, Madsen said.

“People don’t generally have a chance to see something up close, at that level of detail, to know what’s going on out there,” he said.

Donald Trump has held out the possibility of a government shutdown before the November elections over his effort to build a wall on the U.S.-México border, even as Republican congressional leaders publicly urged him away from that path and predicted it wouldn’t occur. “Build the wall!” was a frequent rallying cry during Trump’s 2016 campaign.Madsen has studied the border wall since his graduate […]

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