Hostile Terrain
Category : MulvaneExhibits
Date: Tue 08/11/20 12:00AM - Sat 11/07/20 12:00AM
Location: Main Level

Hostile Terrain 94 is a participatory art project sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project, a non-profit research-art-education-media-collective, directed by anthropologist Jason De León. The exhibition is composed of more than 4000 handwritten toe tags, one for each migrant who has died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2020. The tags are geolocated on a wall map of the desert showing the exact locations where remains were found. 

The toe tags here were filled out by a team of volunteers led by Jason Miller, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Washburn University. 

Hostile Terrain 94 is made possible through generous contributions by the Washburn University Academic Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Center for Kansas Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Forensic Anthropology Recovery Unit, Sociology and Anthropology Department, and The Vice President of Academic Affairs Major Research Grant as well as Humanities Kansas and the Tonantzin Society.


A Day of Global Rememberance

During this time of social distancing caused by COVID-19, the organizers of HT94 are seeking ways to safely engage with those who are committed to remembering the thousands of people who have died and disappeared along the U.S./Mexico border in search of a better life. They are asking people to film themselves reading the name of a person who has died crossing the U.S./Mexico border in Southern Arizona, along with the details of that person’s death. They understand it may be difficult to speak these things out loud, but are hopeful that this can be a way for people to both bear witness to the harsh realities of U.S. Border Patrol policies and keep the memories alive of the thousands who have died in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Through this digital participatory event, communities from around the world will be able to come together virtually in a global moment of reflection.

To get involved, follow the directions below:
  1. Email with the subject line “HT94 Video Compilation” and include your name and location* in the body of the email. *If you would prefer to keep your identity anonymous this information is optional. We will also accept audio-only recordings.
  2. We will reply to your email with the information that you will record yourself reading out loud along with further instructions.
  3. Send the recording back to

Please submit all requests for participation by September 21st.

Poster-Eagle and Condor

The Eagle & The Condor film screening

Join us on October 16, 2020, 5:30 PM  for a film screening and conversation.


Below: Installation view Mulvane Art Museum

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