State of Exception Panel Discussion on materiality and violence
With Stephen Brighton, Kathryn Ferguson, Robin Rieneke, and Jason De León. Offered in association with the opening of the exhibit, State of Exception. Two days of events are planned around the exhibit opening which will bring together students, scholars in the field, artists, and the local community. The exhibit 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.