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The School of Advanced Research, Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, and SITE Santa Fe join forces to address the global refugee crisis and ongoing US/Mexico immigration issues through the lens of the arts and social sciences.

I want people to understand that undocumented people have names and histories and compelling stories just like the rest of us.

—Jason De León, 2017 MacArthur fellow interview

I am interested in is how different spaces of detention operate, control people’s lives, lack transparency, and contribute to abuses and suffering … This is a broad system that we need to understand in a very nuanced way,
— Deborah A. Boehm, Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Race and Identity at the University of Nevada, Reno

Beyond Borders advances SAR’s mission by bringing to Santa Fe a range of scholars with expert knowledge of the current crisis of the US-Mexican border and its implications for immigrants and troubled border regions elsewhere.
— Michael F. Brown, School for Advanced Research President 

Beginning in the spring of 2020, the School of Advanced Research (SAR), in collaboration SITE Santa Fe and Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe (CCA), presents Beyond Borders, a series of installations and events starting with Hostile Terrain 94, a participatory art project and exhibition, scheduled to open at CCA on May 8, 2020, and intended to call attention to the realities of migration and border policy in our hemisphere.Hostile Terrain 94 installation low res

Organized by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP) and based on the work of former SAR resident scholar Jason de León, Hostile Terrain 94 will be realized in over 150 locations around the globe from May through the fall of 2020. These installations will feature a 20 foot-long map of the Arizona/Mexico border articulated with approximately 3,200 hand-written toe tags that represent recovered bodies of people who have died between the mid-1990s and 2020 crossing the U.S./Mexico border through the Sonoran Desert.

SITE Santa Fe will help facilitate the pre-installation work of the project in Santa Fe. An important participatory element of Hostile Terrain 94 involves the time and effort required of volunteers to meticulously fill out the individual toe tag cards that include the name, age, sex, cause of death, condition of body, and location of recovery for each person. Much of the labor involved in filling out the toe tags will occur at SITE Santa Fe, by visitors to the exhibition Displaced, a new SITE exhibition exploring the global refugee crisis (March 21 – September 6, 2020). An in-gallery interactive component will be part of the Displaced exhibit from March 20 through May 1 when the tags will then be brought to CCA for the formal installation of the project.

Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe will serve as the world premiere exhibition partner. For nearly two years, the UMP has developed and proto-typed versions of the final installation of Hostile Terrain 94. The Santa Fe venue will be the global launch and premiere of this final version of Hostile Terrain 94 as it will appear in more than 150 sites around the globe.  On view in the Cinema Gallery, opening events for Hostile Terrain 94, including remarks by its organizer Jason De León, Professor of Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA, will take place May 8-10, 2020.

The School for Advanced Research is the coordination and programming partner for Beyond Borders. SAR will present several public programs related to Hostile Terrain 94 including a panel discussion on Saturday, May 9th hosted at SITE Santa Fe and a closing symposium exploring border issues with leading anthropologists who work with immigrant communities and on border policy issues on Friday, June 12th at SAR.

BEYOND BORDERS EVENTS

Fri. & Sat., March 20-21, 2020

Exhibit Opening

DISPLACED: Contemporary Artists Confront the Global Refugee Crisis

SITE Santa Fe
1606 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Opening events

Friday, March 20, 2020
5:00 – 7:30 pm Members Opening
7:30 pm Opening Night Artist and Community Dinner

 

 

Saturday, March 21, 2020
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Displaced Community Day
Free admission; drop-in tours with participating artists throughout the day

Learn more

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Public Program / Community Event

Hostile Terrain 94 Community Collaboration Event

Hosted at SITE Santa Fe
1606 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

All participants in the collaboration event will receive free admission to Displaced.

Doors to the SITE auditorium open at noon; the program begins at 12:15 with opening remarks. Light refreshments will be provided.

Through a guided exercise, the Beyond Borders partners invite you to contribute to the Hostile Terrain 94 exhibit by dedicating a few minutes to completing tags necessary for the Hostile Terrain 94 exhibit. Drop in anytime across the afternoon to see Displaced and help complete a unique set of individual tags.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Exhibit Opening

Hostile Terrain 94

Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe
1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Opening events

Friday, May 8, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Members opening
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Public opening

Remarks by Jason De León and others tentatively scheduled for 5:15 pm

 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Public Program

MacArthur Fellows in Conversation

Hosted at SITE Santa Fe
1606 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Free and open to the public. Advanced registration encouraged.

Register for this event here.

Join MacArthur Fellows, Jason De León and Steven Feld for a conversation about how scholars and artists can bring research findings to the public using a variety of media (film, installations, and publications). The two will explore where can we break down borders between scholarship and the public consumption of knowledge in a way that make a difference in the world and leads people to take action in their own lives and communities.

Funding provided by the MacArthur Foundation.

Speakers:

Jason De León

SAR 2013/2014 resident fellow, Jason De León

De León’s 2015 book, The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail (winner of the 2018 J.I. Staley Prize) chronicles the suffering and deaths of undocumented migrants who attempted to cross into the United States through the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. His work combines ethnography, archaeology, linguistics, and forensic science and questions the effectiveness of the 1994 Prevention through Deterrence policies enacted by the U.S. government. Building on this work, De León created the traveling installation, Hostile Terrain 94, as described above.

Steven Feld

SAR Senior Scholar, Steven Feld

Ethnomusicologist and Columbia University professor of anthropology, Steven Feld began working in Papua New Guinea’s Bosavi region in 1976 and has dedicated much of his career to documenting the sounds and cultural dynamics of the area. In 1991 he released an ambient soundscape album, Voices of the Rainforest (part of Mickey Hart’s Endangered Music Project). In 2018 released a full-length documentary by the same title that merged his audio archive with visuals from the rain forest and interviews with community members. Speaking about the project, Michael Stone notes, “The result is as close as we humans are likely to come in communicating with spirits gone but not departed, something that, despite the unimaginable cultural losses charged to the disingenuous promise of western “development,” Bosavi people, as cultural innovators in a wailing world, have long and tragically understood.”

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Film Screening

Border South

Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe
CCA Cinematheque
1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Introduced by Jason De León
Sunday, May 10, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

General admission.

Developed in conjunction with Hostile Terrain 94 and told against the backdrop of the North American migrant trail, ‘Border South’ a Raúl O. Paz Pastrana film, weaves together migrant stories of resilience and survival from different vantage points. The film exposes a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life as well as death. Jason De León served as producer and advisor to the film. (U.S./Mexico, 2019, 88m)

Friday, June 12, 2020

Public Program

Beyond Borders Symposium

Hosted at the School for Advanced Research
660 Garcia Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

$50 SAR members; $75 not-yet-members; capacity limited to approximately 40 in-person participants. The full day will also be live-streamed to SITE Santa Fe.

Register for this event here.

Continuing to focus on the importance of community dialogue around critical social issues, the Beyond Borders symposium will be led by Jason De León. The program will bring together four scholars to share research on border issues and immigration policy in a conversation-style format. Presenters offer a deep dive into changing immigration policies and issues from the perspective of anthropology and other social sciences.

Scholars:

 

C.J. Alvarez

SAr 2019/2020 Mellon fellow, C.J. Alvarez

Assistant professor in the department of Mexican American and Latino/a Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, CJ Alvarez is the 2019 Mellon fellow at SAR. He is the author of the 2019 Border Lands, Border Waters, a History of Construction on the US/Mexico Divide which explores the history of the construction projects that have shaped the region and how an examination of these efforts can re-frame our understanding of how the border has come to look and function as well as how these projects have shaped current debates on the future of the region. His current work, A history of the Chihuahuan desert, is an ethnographic exploration of the Chihuahuan desert bio-region and the lives of people who have lived in rural areas across the area which spans Southern New Mexico and Northern Mexico.

Deborah A. Boehm

SAR 2013 Research Associate, Deborah A. Boehm

Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Race and Identity at the University of Nevada, Reno, Boehm was a research associate at SAR in 2013. She is the author of Returned: Going and Coming in an Age of Deportation (2016) and  co-editor of Illegal Encounters, The Effect of Detention and Deportation on Young People (2019). She is currently a fellow in residence with the California-based nonprofit, Freedom for Immigrants.

Jason De León

SAR 2013/2014 resident fellow, Jason De León

De León’s 2015 book, The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail (winner of the 2018 J.I. Staley Prize) chronicles the suffering and deaths of undocumented migrants who attempted to cross into the United States through the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. His work combines ethnography, archaeology, linguistics, and forensic science and questions the effectiveness of the 1994 Prevention through Deterrence policies enacted by the U.S. government. Building on this work, De León created the traveling installation, Hostile Terrain 94, as described above.

Ieva Jusionyte

Ieva Jusionyte

Assistant professor of anthropology at Harvard University, Justionyte works with first responders at the US/Mexico border. Her ethnographic work examines where the lines between ethical and professional responsibilities come into conflict with legal circumstances when dealing with undocumented individuals. Her 2018 book, Threshold: Emergency Responders on the U.S.-Mexico Border, looks at the pressures experienced by first responders working under heightened security on both sides of the border. The book was selected as the winner of the 2016 Public Anthropology competition.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Reception

Beyond Borders – Cocktails and Conversation

Hosted at the School for Advanced Research
660 Garcia Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505

5:30 pm

Ticketing and registration information to come.

Join the speakers from the Beyond Borders symposium for a private reception with cocktails and further conversation.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Film Screening

(Tentative) The Infiltrators

Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe
CCA Cinematheque
1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Saturday, June 13, 2020
time TBD

General admission applies.

Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra’s documentary, winner of two awards at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, reconstructs the remarkable, inspiring story of a rag-tag group of activist youth—all Dreamers—who band together to wind up in one of America’s mysterious for-profit immigrant detention centers. From the inside, they plot ways to help protect the vulnerable detainees. (U.S., 2019, 95m)

 

Contact the Beyond Borders team

Get in touch below.

Partner Insitution Media Contacts

Meredith Schweitzer
School for Advanced Research
505-954-7223
schweitzer@sarsf.org
Julia Sackett
Center for Contemporary Arts / CCA
505-982-1338
education@ccasantafe.org
Anne Wrinkle
SITE Santa Fe
505.989.1199 x 22
wrinkle@sitesantafe.org

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