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ArtsWest: A Conversation on "Hostile Terrain 94"

November 5, 2020

Hostile Terrain 94 (HT94) is 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 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.

Introduction by Aimee Shapiro, Director Programming and Engagement at the Anderson Collection. Koji Lau-Ozawa leads a conversation among Jason De Leon, artist, curator, and faculty member at UCLA, Angela Garcia, associate professor of anthropology at Stanford, Jon Ayon Alonso, a graduate student in Stanford's department of Art and Art History, and Ekalan Hou, an undergraduate student in Stanford's department of Art and Art History.

This is event was presented by the Anderson Collection at Stanford University and the Bill Lane Center for the American West. This program was also presented in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology, The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the School of the Humanities and Sciences, Bechtel International Center, and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.


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