Hostile Terrain 94 Project

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 will begin 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. Starting Quarter 1 there will be opportunities to join a tag writing session.  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. 

We would like to work with the Luther community to identify classes, groups, and organizations on campus that would like to host a session for your members.  In order to request a session for your class, team, ensemble, or student organization, contact Destiny Crider, Museum Studies program chair and Anthropology Collections Manager, at [email protected]

You can also register here for time slots as they become available.