Jason De León is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan. Since 2009 he has directed the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a long-term anthropological study of clandestine border crossings between Northern Mexico and Southern Arizona. The UMP uses a combination of ethnographic, archaeological, and forensic approaches to understand various aspects of unauthorized border crossings including the many forms of violence and suffering that characterize the process, the distinct experiences of migrant sub-populations (e.g., women, children, LGBT, non-Mexican nationals), and the evolving material culture associated with crossing.
Richard Barnes divides his time between commissioned work and personal projects. He has had numerous exhibitions in this country and abroad including solo shows at the Carnegie Museum of Art, The Carpenter Center at Harvard University, and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, among others. He was the recipient of the Rome Prize in 2005/06 and his photographs from Rome formed the basis for his book and installation Animal Logic. His body of work on the “Unabomber cabin” was featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and was shown recently in the exhibition “Crime Unseen” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. He received the Eisenstadt Award in Photography for the “Unabomber Cabin” and in 2009 he was the recipient of the Sidman Fellowship for the Arts from the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities. In 2011 he was awarded the Julius Shulman Award in Photography, and is a 2012 recipient of a Smithsonian fellowship. His photographs are in the collections of the MOMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco MOMA and the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts, among others. He works on assignment for such publications as the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic and The New Yorker.
Amanda Krugliak is an artist and curator. She received her degree from the University of Michigan School of Art in 1985 and lived and worked as part of the artistic community in San Francisco before returning to Ann Arbor in 2002. As curator for the Institute for the Humanities, her curatorial projects include Waiting for the Extraordinary/Mark Dion, Documenting Democracy in America/ in collaboration with CreativeTime, Plant, commission on the Packard Plant/The Open-Ended Group, PastPerfect/Future Tense/Richard Barnes, Lecture on the Weather/in collaboration with the John Cage Trust, and New Work/Scott Hocking. Also a respected performance artist, she has presented her original monologues throughout the United States. She performed and served on a panel with Holly Hughes representing the University of Michigan at the International Performance Conference, at NYU in 2007, and was curated as a performer at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2009. In 2012, she was the featured performer for the U-M Comparative Languages conference on Revolution.