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E Pluribus Unum: Mogollon

Axle's traveling photo portrait project

Aug 23 – Oct 20, 2024

Las Cruces, Deming, Lordsburg, Columbus, Silver City, Truth or Consequences, Hatch, Soccoro, Magdalena, Belen, Los Lunas, Pie Town, Zuni, Ramah, Acoma, and Grants


Axle Contemporary is a mobile artspace - founded in 2010 by artists Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Wellman - and built in a retrofitted 1970 aluminum bread truck. Axle is an innovative forum for arts presentation and distribution which engages, surprises, and enriches the communities of New Mexico, outside coffee shops, casinos, high schools, community centers, parking lots and on city streets. We present contemporary art to a wide community in the course of their daily lives.


Axle's mobile artspace will be be converted into a traveling natural-light solar-powered photography studio. Visitors sit for a portrait holding an object of personal which they bring. They leave with a photo portrait, and another is pasted to the exterior of the mobile studio-gallery, creating a growing engaging portrait of the community. By the end of the tour, the vehicle is covered in hundreds of portraits. Later the portraits will be  gathered in a book and presented in a museum exhibition.


The participatory photo portraiture is open and free for all. Copies of the book are donated to libraries in each of the participating towns. The book is a document of the time and place where the project was created and a  visual testament to the fact that we are unique individuals and also members of a unified whole that is larger than the sum of its parts.

Our locations will include commercial centers, plazas, schools, roadsides, and festivals. We offer a unique opportunity for community members to participate, express, and present themselves in the way they see themselves and want to present themselves to the world.

Ways to be involved

—Get the word out to your community– the when and where.

— Share your contacts with local press television and radio.

— Help us with lodging and food during our stay in your community.

—Connect us with funders and sponsors in the area.

Donate funds to support the projet


See our past E Pluribus Unum projects at these links:

E Pluribus Unum: El Norte (2022)

E Pluribus Unum: New Mexico Southeast (2018):

E Pluribus Unum: Dinétah (2016):

E Pluribus Unum: Albuquerque (2014):

E Pluribus Unum: Santa Fe (2012):


Feel free to call or write us with any questions. CONTACT

This is the last part of the state that we will visit, culminating a 14 year project to cover the entire state of NM!


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This project is funded in part by The FUNd at Albuquerque Community Foundation, Sulica Foundation,  the Meow Wolf Foundation, and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts

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