State of Exception: Richard Barnes, Jason De Léon, Amanda Krugliak

January 24–March 12, 2013

Institute for the Humanities Gallery
202 S. Thayer St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

State of Exception presents traces of the human experience—backpacks, water bottles, border patrol restraints, and other objects left behind in the desert by both undocumented migrants on their journey into the U.S. and the law enforcement agents who seek to keep them out. This in combination with video shot by Richard Barnes on location along the U.S./Mexico border comprises State of Exception, the first major curation of the work of U-M anthropologist Jason De León’s Undocumented Migration Project. This collaboration between artist/photographer Richard Barnes, De León, and curator Amanda Krugliak considers the complexities and ambiguities of found objects and what they may or may not reveal in terms of transition, human experience, culture, violence, and accountability.

Based at the University of Michigan, the Undocumented Migration Project is a long-term anthropological study of undocumented migration between Mexico and the United States that uses ethnography, archaeology, and forensic science to better understand this clandestine social process.

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.

Related Events

Two days of events are planned around the exhibit opening, which will bring together students, scholars in the field, artists, and the local community. All events are open to the public except where noted. Events are held in the Institute for the Humanities gallery, 202 S. Thayer, Ann Arbor, MI, except where noted. Gallery hours: M–F 9:00 AM–5:00 PM.

Jan 23–State of Exception Student Workshop and Panel Presentations, 5:00 PM, Space 2435 North Quad, 105 S. State St.

Jan 24–State of Exception Panel Discussion on materiality and violence, 4:00–5:30 PM, with Stephen Brighton, Kathryn Ferguson, Robin Rieneke, and Jason De León.

Jan 24–Opening Reception for State of Exception: Richard Barnes, Jason De León, Amanda Krugliak, 5:30–7:30 PM (immediately following panel discussion), with short remarks from students from the field school and informal Q & A in the gallery about the exhibition.

Jan 24–Ongoing–Video Installation shot by Richard Barnes on location on the U.S. Mexico Border and featuring student interviews. Runs concurrently in 2435 North Quad, 105 S. State, and at Shapiro Undergraduate Library, first floor video gallery, 919 S. University.

Jan 29–State of Exception lecture by Daniel Ramirez, Assistant Professor of History and American Culture, 12:30 PM.