Women's Mobile Museum

Hostile Terrain 94

 

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.

 


 

Toe tags

Check back on this website to learn how to help with toe tags while practicing COVID-19 social distancing and safety protocols.

hand writing on toe tag

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.

Instructions to participate in A Global Day of Remembrance


 

Fall 2020 Virtual Programming

Visualizing Data

Data Visualization for Social Change: A Panel Discussion

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

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Border South

BORDER SOUTH Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Jason De León and film director Raúl Paz Pastrana

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
6:30 – 9 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.

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De León on Research and Activism

Jason De León on Research and Activism

Thursday, October 29, 2020
11:00 a.m. – noon Eastern

This event is free and open to the public.

Join Jason De León, anthropologist and Executive Director of the Undocumented Migration Project, to discuss how research and activism inform each other and what that means for communicating research to different audiences. After you RSVP, we will reach out to you with the virtual event details and link.

This event is part of the Hostile Terrain 94 project, 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 through 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.

Photo courtesy of Michael Wells.

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Border South

Jason De León in conversation with Professor Carmen Montoya and Students

Thursday, October 29, 2020
1 – 5:30 p.m. Eastern

This event is open to the GW community (students, staff and faculty members).

As part of 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, Professor Montoya will be hosting De León in her Social Practices course on this day and invites all members of the GW community to listen in and join the discussion.

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Classroom and Community Resources

 

Listen now to audio stories from the project: