Cook is Looking for Partners to Help with Exhibit Documenting Migrant Deaths

The Undocumented Migration Project is sponsoring an exhibit called “Hostile Terrain 94,” an interactive art project and memorial commemorating the 3,200 migrants who have died crossing the Arizona/Mexico border between the mid-1990s and 2019.

This dramatic exhibition has groups fill out toe tags for individuals that have died in the Sonoran Desert.  The impact of seeing thousands of toe tags on a large blank map of the Sonoran Desert representing this loss of life is both awe inspiring and devastating. 

Before the pandemic, Cook Library was scheduled to host this exhibition in the library this fall. While we are not able to do the outreach and in-person activities associated with Hostile Terrain 94, we have been able to adjust to still have activities associated with it. 

This includes a free screening of the film Border South from September 24 at 4pm to September 25 at 4pm. The film documents the exhibition and includes a Q&A with faculty afterwards. 

We will also hold book talks and other learning experiences virtually.  Perhaps the most exciting component of this exhibit is the opportunity for groups to participate in a virtual toe tagging event where you will be given a module for instruction, the toe tags and your work will be part of the exhibit when it goes up in the spring (hopefully).

If your group or class or department is interested in participating in this exhibition, either by filling out tags or participating in other events, please let us know by emailing exhibit coordinator Sydney Avelino at

Questions can also be directed to Joyce Garczynski (, Clare Kuntz Balcer, (, and Matthew Durington (

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