State of Exception: MOCAD


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  • Host Department: Institute for the Humanities
  • Date: 02/07/2014 - 05/04/2014
  • Time: 11:00AM

  • Location: MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT, 4454 Woodward Ave Detroit MI, 48201

  • migration backpacks

    Installation Amanda Krugliak and Richard Barnes; Photograph by Richard Barnes

  • Description:

    Museum Hours: Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday: 11AM - 5PM; Thursday & Friday: 11AM - 8PM; closed Monday & Tuesday.

    We are thrilled to take State of Exception on the road! Originally exhibited at the Institute for the Humanities gallery (click here for details), State of Exception 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.