29 Mar 2020

Postponed: Beyond Borders presents Hostile Terrain 94: A Community Collaboration Event

Mar 29, 2020 At SITE Santa Fe

CANCELLED – Pending new scheduling 

Through a guided exercise, the Beyond Borders partners invite you to contribute to the Hostile Terrain 94 exhibit by dedicating a few minutes to complete tags necessary for its installation. Drop in anytime across the afternoon to see Displaced and help complete a unique set of individual tags. This project is a collaboration between SITE Santa Fe, the School for Advanced Research, and the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe. This program will begin with a 20 minute reading of by poems for the disappeared of Latin America from AS IF THE EMPTY CHAIR / COMO SI LA SILLA VACIA by poet Margaret Randall. Margaret Randall (New York, 1936) is a poet, essayist, oral historian, translator,photographer and social activist. She lived in Latin America for 23 years (in Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua).

Beginning in the spring of 2020, SITE Santa Fe, in collaboration with the School of Advanced Research (SAR)  and Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), presents Beyond Borders, a series of installations and events starting with Hostile Terrain 94, a participatory art project intended to call attention to the realities of migration and border policy in our hemisphere, organized by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP). Based on the work of former SAR resident scholar Jason de León, Hostile Terrain 94 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 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 Displaceda 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 21 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.

2020-03-29 0:00:00 2020-03-29 12:00:00 America/Denver Postponed: Beyond Borders presents Hostile Terrain 94 Another amazing event at SITE Santa Fe SITE Santa Fe SITE Santa Fe info@sitesantafe.org