Hostile Terrain 94 (HT94) is a global participatory art exhibition that highlights U.S. policies that have contributed to a humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. Created by anthropologist Jason de León, this exhibition is set to occur around the world at 150 simultaneous installations in 2020 and 2021, including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Three virtual Witnessing & Remembrance Participatory Workshops are offered at 7:00 p.m. on:
- August 25
- September 3
- September 9
For information about exhibition locations, associated programming, and registration, visit the HT94 Nebraska web page.
At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the HT94 exhibit and related programming are designed to serve as a bridge between the dialogues on migration occurring along the U.S.-Mexico border and those taking place right here in Nebraska. The mobile, itinerant quilt will be exhibited in several campus locations and throughout Lincoln and Omaha.
The HT94 exhibit is participatory in nature. The exhibition is composed of 3,200 toe-tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. Volunteers may attend workshops in which they fill in the tags with public information compiled by the coroner’s office in Tucson, Arizona. By filling in the names of those who have died in the Arizona desert, participants in the Witnessing & Remembrance Participatory Workshops will encounter these migrants in a personal, human way, rather than as data points in a spreadsheet or dots on a map.
To host an additional Witnessing & Remembrance Workshop, contact Dr. Claire Nicholas, Assistant Professor of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design.
The HT94 exhibit and associated events are a collaborative and interdisciplinary effort. The coordinating committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students from Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design, the School of Global Integrative Studies, the Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, the International Quilt Museum, the College of Law, and the Institute of Ethnic Studies.
HT94 Nebraska sponsors:
- Humanities Nebraska
- Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design
- Faculty Senate Convocations Committee
- Office of the Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion
- Latino Research Initiative / Institute for Ethnic Studies
- Department of Classics and Religious Studies
- School of Global Integrative Studies
- Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
- College of Arts and Sciences IDEA Committee
- Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (UNO)
- Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education
- International Quilt Museum
- Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts