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Marfa Lights examines the cultural history of Marfa, Texas a 1.6 square mile town in the Chiuahuan Desert, 60 miles east of the U.S.-Mexico border. Marfa’s remote location and stark beauty has attracted itinerant populations since the 16th century. The land now known as Marfa was first inhabited by Comanche and Apache communities, then occupied by Spanish colonists, followed by the U.S. Army, railroad conglomerates, migrant workers, cattle ranchers, filmmakers, movie stars, conceptual artists, cultural tourists, and the U.S. Border Patrol. In this centuries-long parade of temporary residents, there has been one constant: light. Marfa has historically been a gathering place to watch light, namely, a phenomenon referred to as “mystery lights” which have been observed for hundreds of years. My project, Marfa Lights, will focus on light sources in the town as a unifying principle across time. Thus far, my subjects have included: planes of light framed by Donald Judd’s sculptures, candlelight in the segregated town cemetery, the blinking security camera sensor at Prada Marfa, and the flashing road signs leading to border patrol checkpoints.