Opening of “Images from the Border: Here and There”

May 10, 2019

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Interchurch Art Gallery, 1100 W. 42nd St. Indianapolis 46208


Coalition for Our Immigrant Neighbors presents Images from the Border: Here and There, which will feature multiple displays that bring visual, tangible, and experiential elements of the migrant experience on America’s southern border to people of Central Indiana.

Dates and Location of Exhibit:
May 3 – June 30, 2019
First Floor of the Indiana Interchurch Center (1100 W 42nd St. Indianapolis, IN 46208)
Opening Night: May 10, 2019 from 6-8 PM
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The Exhibit

The first display is a collection of migrant artifacts collected on the trails of Arizona’s southern desert by author, activist, and University of Southern California professor Jim Burklo and his team. These include backpacks, pictures, shoes, and other items left by immigrants on their trek through Arizona’s desert into America. These artifacts have been used in Hollywood as a part of Grammy-winning film director Alejandro Iñárritu’s virtual reality exhibit, “Carne y Arena.”

The second display features bordado cloths. A tradition found in many parts of Central America, bordados are small cloths embroidered for children by their mothers, usually marking a special occasion. These bordado cloths have been found on trails on America’s southern border, often next to dead bodies. Activist, writer, and artist Valarie Lee James has collected these, and she started a national project where Americans can make their own bordados for people who have lost their lives when crossing desert trails. COIN’s exhibit will offer materials and instructions so that exposition attendees can participate and create their own bordados in solidarity with mothers across the border.

The final display features an photography exhibit from photographer, activist, and IUPUI professor Ana Maria Ferreira. In her work with the South Texas Human Rights Center, she has photographed scenes from the border.

Activists, professors, students, artists, and others will speak at the exhibit bi-weekly, guiding discussion about how these issues there impact our lives, our communities, and our neighbors here.

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