Hostile Terrain 94 at Middlebury College

Hostile Terrain 94 at Middlebury College

February 4th, 2020 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Center Gallery

McCullough Student Center

Fall 2021

Installation & Exhibition Fall 2021

Global pop-up art installation on migrant death

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 over 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 will simultaneously take place at a large number of institutions, both nationally and globally in 2021 throughout 2022.

Calling Volunteers! If you would like to become a volunteer and help run a tag writing session, we’d love your help! Please contact Jackson Tham jtham@middlebury to sign up.

Installation is currently taking place. All are invited to participate in this creating art piece by filling out toe tags. Please find a time on the installation schedule during open hours. There are also two planned “mass writing” events.

If you would like block out a time for your organization, class, or group to work together on writing tags, please contact Christine Nabung cnabung@middlebury

This pop-up exhibition is taking place as part of the Clifford Symposium and in conjunction with the exhibition on Protest Art at the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

For questions about the pop-up installation or Hostile Terrain 94 at Middlebury, please contact Rachael Joo rjoo@middlebury

Middlebury College sits on land which has served as a site of meeting and exchange among indigenous peoples since time immemorial. The Western Abenaki are the traditional caretakers of these Vermont lands and waters, which they call Ndakinna, or “homeland.” We remember their connection to this region and the hardships they continue to endure. We give thanks for the opportunity to share in the bounty of this place and to protect it.