Ay Mariposa tells a story of three characters in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas whose lives are upended by plans to build a US-Mexico border wall. Meanwhile the butterfly, la mariposa, fights its own daily battle for survival in a landscape where more than 95 percent of its habitat is long gone and much of what remains lies directly in the path of the wall. Ay Mariposa documents each characters’ fierce commitment to home, justice, wild beauty and the future of the US-Mexico borderlands.
Krista Schlyer has spent much of the past decade chronicling the wildlife, landscapes, and human communities of the US-Mexico borderlands as the region has experienced an increasingly militarized US border policy. She is the author of Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall, a book that earned the National Outdoor Book Award and the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography. In 2009 Krista organized and led a 15-person, month-long documentary expedition along the 2,000-mile border with the International League of Conservation Photographers. She has collaborated with Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, BBC, Esri, Earthjustice and many more to highlight the ecological, economic, and human rights impacts of border policy. The campaign has included several short films, dozens of magazine articles, slideshow presentations, exhibits, social media outreach and a book.