Witnessing & Remembrance Participatory Workshops


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Join the virtual session to raise awareness, commemorate and advocate for the migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.

person writingThe event will include a brief history of Hostile Terrain 94 and the filling out of toe tags. Each toe tag represents a migrant who died in the crossing. Through this participatory activity, by filling in the names of those who have died in the Arizona desert, we remember that these migrants are not just data on a sheet of paper or dots on a map. We come together in the toe-tag inscription sessions to bear witness to this humanitarian crisis at our border and build the exhibition that commemorates them. After completion of the 3200 tags that make up the exhibition, the tags will be pinned to the exhibition "map," consisting of quilted textile panels offering a gesture of solace and comfort to those whose lives were lost.

We ask that each participant fills in 5-10 toe tags during the virtual session. If you are willing and able to do so, please indicate how many blank toe tags you'd like to pick up at one of the sites before the virtual session. We will include 1-2 additional tags in case you make a mistake and need to start over. If you do not use the extra tags, please return them with the completed tags.