Northern Triangle by Borderland Collective

On view: August 4 – September 30 2017
Opening reception: Friday, August 4, 6:00-8:00pm
See below for public programs.

In August – September 2017, Newspace will host the exhibition Northern Triangle by the Borderland Collective, led by photographers Jason Reed and Mark Menjivar and photo historian Erina Duganne. The exhibition opens a space for constructive dialogue around the current Central American refugee crisis along the US/Mexico border, and the long and complicated history of US intervention in the region. The project will activate the gallery as a history museum, community center, and classroom by employing a collaborative approach that brings forward diverse and complex histories, while placing photography within the broader context of material culture.

In the past decade, tens of thousands of individuals were apprehended on the U.S./Mexico border. 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. Civil wars in the 1980s, deportation policies, the drug war, border issues, trade agreements, unjust economic structures, political corruption, poverty, human trafficking, and many other situations have all contributed.

Northern Triangle is an installation by Borderland Collective, led by photographers Jason Reed and Mark Menjivar and photo historian, Erina Duganne. In addition to the contributions of Menjivar, Reed and Duganne, it includes works by Adriana Corral, Vincent Valdez, and Ricky Yanas as well as historical documents from the Library of Congress, the National Archives, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, The South Texas Human Rights Center, and the personal archives of Stacey Merkt and Jack Elder.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS: Migration Stories

In conjunction with this exhibition, the artists are organizing Migration Stories, an oral history project focusing on personal narratives of how we arrived to where we are now.

This program was conceived from the belief that where we came from and how we arrived to where we are now is important – not just for our individual lives, but for our communal lives as well. Stories can open a door to empathy and move us to action. We each have a migration story—some are just more recent than others.

Migration Stories begins with a workshop in early July that explores the historical, practical and philosophical elements of oral history and how they are used within the visual arts.

Following the workshop, we will work together in a public space to invite individuals to participate. Stories will be distributed back to participants and made available to the public in digital and print by the end of the exhibition’s run. There will be a public reading of the stories in the final week of the exhibition.

Contact if you are interested in sharing your story.



Support for Northern Triangle is generously provided by: