State of Exception opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit on Friday February 7th at 6pm.

 

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Exhibition Information

The exhibition State of Exception, originally installed at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities Gallery in 2013, represents the collaboration between artist/photographer Richard Barnes, artist/curator Amanda Krugliak, and U-M anthropologist Jason De León, considering how best to curate objects from De León’s Undocumented Migration Project. The exhibition presents backpacks, water bottles, border restraints and other objects left behind by undocumented migrants on their journey into the U.S., and audio interviews from migrants relaying their own perspectives and experiences, and their relationships to these objects. There are also video and photographs shot by Richard Barnes on location along the U.S. Mexico border.
The first serious curation of De León’s research, Barnes and Krugliak approach the exhibition conceptually, presenting this human experience always within the frame of Jason’s research and methodology and informed by the perspectives and fieldwork carried out by De León and his crew.

State of Exception conveys the complexity and ambiguity of these found objects, and what they may or may not have revealed in terms of transition, humanity, commerce, culture, violence, and accountability.

Here is the Facebook event page for Friday night’s opening.

OPENING NIGHT
Friday, February 7
6PM: Member Preview
7PM: Public opening
Admission: Suggested $5 donation (free for MOCAD Members)
Valet parking will be available.

Exhibition: State of Exception
State of Exception is a project of the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, where it was first exhibited in January 2013. It represents the collaboration between artist/photographer Richard Barnes, artist/curator Amanda Krugliak, and U-M anthropologist Jason De León, considering how best to curate objects from De León’s Undocumented Migration Project. The exhibition presents backpacks, water bottles, border restraints and other objects left behind by undocumented migrants on their journey into the U.S., and audio interviews from migrants relaying their own perspectives and experiences, and their relationships to these objects. There are also video and photographs shot by Richard Barnes on location along the U.S.-Mexico border. With this first serious curation of De León’s research, Barnes and Krugliak approach the exhibition conceptually, presenting this human experience always within the frame of De León’s research and methodology and informed by the perspectives and fieldwork carried out by De Leon and his crew. State of Exception conveys the complexity and ambiguity of these found objects, and what they may or may not have revealed in terms of transition, humanity, commerce, culture, violence, and accountability.

There is an artist round table and discussion of immigration issues on Sunday February 9th at 1pm. Information on that event can be found here

EXHIBITION TALK
State of Exception
Sunday, February 9, 1pm
Admission: Free

Join us for a two-part discussion around State of Exception. Collaborators Richard Barnes, artist/photographer; Amanda Krugliak, artist/curator; and University of Michigan Anthropologist Jason De León will discuss their exhibition. Following will be a round table discussion with De León; Bob Kee, Tucson Samaritan; Luis Lopez, Dream 9 activist; and Cameron Gokee and students from the Undocumented Migration Project field school in Arivaca, Arizona.