This exhibition presents traces of the human experience--backpacks, water bottles, border patrol restrains, 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:
Wednesday, January 23:
- Visit to Jason De León's class on materiality/violence by Robin Reineke, an anthropology graduate student at the University of Arizona and an employee of the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner, and Kathryn Ferguson, a writer and long-time immigrant rights activist who has worked with the humanitarian group Tucson Samaritans.
- Workshop and round-table presentations featuring Jason De León and students who have participated in the Undocumented Migration Project and Field School.
Thursday, January 24
- Lecture by Stephen Brighton, Professor of Anthropology, University of Maryland
- Panel discussion with Stephen Brighton, Kathryn Ferguson, Robin Rieneke, and Jason De León.
- Opening reception of State of Exception exhibit with short remarks from students from the field school and informal Q & A in the gallery.
Tuesday, January 29
- Daniel Ramirez Lecture