In 2014, more than 68,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended on the U.S./Mexico border, double the number from the previous year. Of this group, the majority are from the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Known as the Northern Triangle, this region has a long and complicated relationship with the United States. Originally commissioned by Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum (Austin, TX), Northern Triangle is an exhibition created by Borderland Collective that opens a space for constructive dialogue and exchange around the current Central American refugee crisis along the U.S./Mexico border and the long and complicated history of U.S. intervention in which it is irrevocably entangled. (Curatorial notes)
For this complex project involving several organizations and remote curators, students worked closely with out of town curators to map and install the exhibition; to independently design, develop and produce public programs; and to support an oral history collecting project in Chicago. Click links below.