Beyond Borders – Exploring Immigration Through the Arts and Social Sciences
The School for Advanced Research (SAR), Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe (CCA), and SITE Santa Fe are proud to announce Beyond Borders, a new joint collaboration amongst the three Santa Fe institutions.
Supporting Hostile Terrain 94, a participatory art project and exhibition scheduled to open at CCA on May 8, 2020, Beyond Borders presents a series of installations and events across the spring and summer of 2020 intended to call attention to the realities of global migration and US/Mexico border policy.
Hostile Terrain 94 installation. Photo courtesy of the HT94 team.
Hostile Terrain 94 (detail). Photo courtesy of the HT94 team.
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 October of 2020. These installations will feature a 20-foot-long map of the Arizona/Mexico border labeled with approximately 3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent recovered bodies of people who have died crossing the border through the Sonoran Desert between the mid-1990s and 2020.
SITE Santa Fe will facilitate the pre-installation of Hostile Terrain 94. An important participatory element of the exhibit involves volunteers meticulously filling out 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 tags will occur at SITE Santa Fe by visitors to the exhibition Displaced, a new SITE Santa Fe exhibit exploring the global refugee crisis (March 21–September 6, 2020). An in-gallery interactive will be part of the Displaced exhibit from March 20 through May 1, when the tags will be brought to CCA for the formal installation of the project.
The Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe will serve as the world premiere exhibition partner. For nearly two years, the UMP has developed the final installation of Hostile Terrain 94. The Santa Fe venue will be the global launch this final version as it will appear in more than 150 sites around the globe. 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. Additional programming includes film screenings of Border South, created in conjunction with the Hostile Terrain project, and The Infiltrators, which follows Marco (Maynor Alvarado) and Viri (Chelsea Rendon) in a mix of documentary footage and fictionalized reenactments as the two members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance seek to shed light on the processes of detention and deportation.
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 conversation-style presentation with MacArthur fellows Jason De León and ethnomusicologist Steven Feld on Saturday, May 9, 2020, hosted at SITE Santa Fe, and a symposium exploring border issues with leading anthropologists who work with immigrant communities and on border-policy issues, hosted at SAR on Friday, June 12, 2020.