Hostile Terrain 94 is a participatory art project organized by the Undocumented Migration Project, a non-profit collective led by anthropologist Jason De León. The exhibition is composed of over 3200 handwritten toe tags that memorialize individual migrants who have died trying to cross the US-Mexico border. The tags are pinned to a wall map of the Sonoran Desert, showing the exact locations where remains were found. The installation is happening at over 150 locations worldwide. Luther College began the installation of the Hostile Terrain 94 exhibit in February 2021.
Luther students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the interactive component of the exhibit. Participants are asked to complete the transfer of one name onto a tag that will then be placed onto the exhibit wall. Tag writing sessions can be arranged for classes, organizations, or any group on campus by contacting Destiny Crider, Museum Studies Program Chair and Anthropology Collections Manager, at [email protected]luther.edu. Each session is expected to last from 30 to 45 minutes and provides an introduction to the exhibit concept, instructions on how to process your tag, time for reflection and discussion of your participation in the activity.
Luther's exhibit is located in the Gallery in the Dahl Centennial Union.