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Smart Talk Road Trip Goes to The Phillips Museum at Franklin & Marshall College

Written by WITF Staff | Jan 9, 2019 10:08 AM
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Courtesy of the Artist MichaelWells


Attention art lovers...the next Smart Talk Road Trip will be Friday, January 25th at the Phillips Museum at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. Join us for the live broadcast from 9-10am as host Scott LaMar speaks with the artists behind the museum's new Hostile Terrain exhibit - a multimedia installation focused on migration and border crossing between Mexico and the United States.

Hostile Terrain is an exhibition utilizing material drawn from the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a long-term research, education and art collective directed by Jason De León. Since 2009, the UMP has employed a combination of archaeological, forensic, ethnographic, archival, and visual approaches to document and understand clandestine migration between Latin America and the United States. This includes long-term ethnographic research in migrant shelters and safe houses across Mexico, archaeological surveys in the Sonoran Desert to examine and collect what border crossers leave behind, and experimental forensic work to record what happens to the bodies of those who perish while in route. A collaboration between De León, curator and artist Lucy Cahill, and founding UMP photographer Michael Wells, this multi-media installation is focused on various sensory engagements with the world of clandestine migration.


Courtesy of the Artist MichaelWells


Complex political, economic, and environmental crisis fueling global migration cannot be solved with a "great, great wall." For almost twenty five years, the enforcement of the official U.S. border policy known as "Prevention Through Deterrence" has led to the death of thousands and had failed to stop migration. Hostile Terrain seeks to illuminate this horrific reality while also highlighting the discomfort that comes with witnessing the suffering of others and being left with many questions and few answers.

About the Artists:

Lucy Cahill is a Detroit-based visual artist whose curatorial practices investigate issues in the political landscape and bear witness to underrepresented populations.

Jason De León is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, the author of the award-winning book The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail, a 2017 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and directs the Undocumented Migration Project.

Michael Wells is the primary photographer for the Undocumented Migration Project and has created other photography projects on post-Katrina New Orleans, the physicality of the US Mexico border in Arizona and California, and Latino communities in the American South.

This event is free but RSVP is requested.

This Smart Talk Road Trip is supported by Roof Advisory Group.

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