The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is excited to host Hostile Terrain 94 (HT94), a participatory art project sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a non-profit research-art-education-media collective, directed by anthropologist Jason De León. The exhibit will be built through community participation August 25, 2020 to February 1, 2021, and is accompanied by virtual programming, teaching resources, and more. The exhibition is composed of ~3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. These tags are geolocated on a wall map of the desert showing the exact locations where remains were found. This installation is simultaneously taking place at a large number of institutions, both nationally and globally in 2020.
We invite you to participate and explore the rich materials, such as reading lists, audio files and playlists, and virtual events connected to this exhibit. Throughout the fall semester we will be completing the toe tags representing lives lost and installing them on the map of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona installed in the atrium of the Corcoran Flagg Building.
Check back on this website to learn how to help with toe tags while practicing COVID-19 social distancing and safety protocols.
We have packets of tags that can be requested by staff, faculty, students, and community members for pick-up and drop-off by appointment.
A Moment of Global Remembrance
During this time of social distancing caused by COVID-19, the Undocumented Migration Project is seeking ways to safely engage with those who are committed to keeping remembering the thousands of people who have died and disappeared along the U.S./Mexico border in search of a better life. They are asking people to film themselves reading the name of a person who has died crossing the U.S./Mexico border in Southern Arizona, along with the details of that person’s death.
Fall 2020 Virtual Programming
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
6:30 – 9 p.m. Eastern
This event is open to the public.
Join GW artists, faculty and researchers share their experiences and views on the power of data visualization to engage audiences and creating dialogue on social inequality in the United States and beyond, and how to support social change. After you RSVP, we will send you the virtual event information.
Image credit: American Riad, architectural intervention for housing justice, Ghana ThinkTank, 2016 – ongoing
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern
This event is open to the public.
Join Jason De León and film director Raúl Paz Pastrana for a screening of Border South. To stem the immigration tide, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate to crack down on migrants, forcing them into ever more dangerous territory. This event will be a virtual screening and followed by conversations with Jason de León.
After you RSVP, we will send you the virtual event information closer to the date of the event.
Classroom and Community Resources
- One pager on HT94 and Undocumented Migration Project
- One pager on HT94 in Spanish
- HT94 information and proposal
- HT94 información y propuesta
- Digital copy of Land of Open Graves
- Hostile Terrain 94 reading suggestions for adults and children
- HT94 Spotify playlist
Listen now to audio stories from the project: