Hostile Terrain 94 Exhibit Tag-Filling Session
In conjunction with the University of Vermont's Department of Anthropology, Professor Teresa Mares and the Undocumented Migration Project, Fletcher Free Library is honored to host the exhibit Hostile Terrain 94 (HT94). HT94 is a participatory exhibition created by the Undocumented Migration Project, a non-profit organization that focuses on the social process of immigration and raises awareness through research, education, and outreach.
The exhibit is composed of approximately 3,400 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert from the mid-1990s to 2020. This session guides the public in filling out and placing these tags on a large wall map of the Arizona-Mexico border, showing the exact locations where human remains were found. The physical act of writing out the names and information for the dead invites participants to reflect, witness and stand in solidarity with those who have lost their lives in search of a better one.