Many orange and beige tags hang from small red pins on a white white with a simplistic map of the Arizona - Mexico border.

Hostile Terrain 94

March 28—May 7, 2022

Opening reception March 31, 4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m. at the CU Art Museum

Hostile Terrain 94 is a global participatory art project in collaboration with the Undocumented Migration Project. Our Boulder rendition of this exhibition seeks to memorialize migrants who have died crossing the US/Mexico border and start productive conversations about undocumented migration and the state of Colorado. The installation, created by anthropologist Jason De León, photographer Michael Wells, and artist Lucy Cahill, consists of 3,200 toe tags to be filled out by volunteers in advance of the exhibition. The tags represent the geolocated remains of people who have died in the Sonoran Desert while crossing from Mexico into the United States.

CU Boulder Departments of Anthropology and Sociology Organizing Team: Bertha Bermudez Tapia, Dr. Carole McGranahan, and Arielle Milkman. 

CU Art Museum Team: Sandra Q. Firmin, Stephen Martonis, and Traci McDonald. 

Workshop Facilitators: Laura González and Susana Gallegos

The exhibition and programs are generously supported by the Boulder Arts Commission, CU Art Museum, CU Boulder Student Arts and Cultural Enrichment fees, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, and Latin American and Latinx Studies Center. 

Special thanks to Nicole Smith, Undocumented Migration Project.