In Transit / En Tránsito - Arts, Migration, Resistance

In Transit / En Tránsito - Arts, Migration, Resistance

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The University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ 85721

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In Transit/En tránsito: Arts, Migration, Resistance is an art exhibition accompanied by related events that collectively explore artistic practice, resistance, and social transformation in relation to transnational migration and human rights politics. Anchored in the Sonoran Desert borderlands and drawing on practices from different regions of the US, Mexico, and Central America, In Transit/En tránsito will bring together artists, activists, and academics for a series of cross-disciplinary conversations and collaborations.

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November 1, 2017 | 5:30-6:30 pm

Lecture by Diana Taylor, Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics

Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona

"Seeking Life on the Roads of Death: The Madres Movement in Central America."

The Madres of disappeared Central American migrants wear the photos of their missing sons and daughters and chant: “¡vivos se fueron, vivos los queremos!” The grieving women, the photos, and the chants are a cluster of traumatic memes that convey the ongoing nature of disappearance as political practice. Like the Madres of Plaza de Mayo almost fifty years before them, the Madres’ mobilization of traumatic memes underlines the durational and globalized nature of protest as a response to continuous and globalized criminal practices. This talk maps a history of loss, criminality, and resistance and argues that the traumatic memes alter the space of disappearance into a space of forceful political re-appearance.

November 1, 2017 | 6:30 - 8:00 pm


The University of Arizona Museum of Art