In nature there are no borders.
There are rules for coexistence in the comings
and goings of the species.
Only humans delimit their space,
and, thus, define their relationship with the “other”.
In much of the Oaxacan countryside,
people define the boundary between towns with a stone marker
which traces an invisible border.
In this manner, the territory belonging to each town is established,
without affecting freedom of movement.
Between corn fields a simple stone or stick
marks the boundary of a property and each person´s crops,
in an agreement of mutual respect.
These are the communal rules of existence.
They can be referred to as “soft”
the antithesis of those which,
while preventing passage,
establish a different relation with the “other”.