Opening reception of State of Exception exhibit featuring the work of Michigan Anthropology professor Jason De León’s Undocumented Migration Project
Description: This exhibition presents traces of the human experience--backpacks, water bottles, border patrol restraints, and other objects left behind in the desert by undocumented migrants on their journey into the U.S. 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 complexity and ambiguity of the found objects and what they may or may not reveal in terms of transition, human experience, culture, violence, and accountability.
Two days of events are planned around the exhibit opening which will bring together students, scholars in the field, artists, and the local community.