Hostile Terrain 94 (HT94) is a participatory art project sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a non-profit research-art-education-media collective, directed by anthropologist Jason De Leon. The exhibition is composed of over 3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. These tags are geolocated on a wall map of the desert showing the exact locations where remains were found. The installation here in UNLV will simultaneously take place with a large number of other institutions, both nationally and globally in 2021 throughout 2022.
These installations will be a 16-20 foot map of the Arizona/Mexico border with ~3200 handwritten toe tags. These tags represent the recovered bodies of people who have died between 2000 and 2020 crossing the US/Mexico border through the Sonoran Desert. These tags are color coded (manila for identified and orange for unidentified bodies), of which will be filled out by teams of volunteers. These tags will then be publicly placed in the exact locations on the map where those individuals were found. These tags are synched to a large grid to ensure accurate placement of individual remains. Each map will come with introductory wall text explaining the project and also feature an augmented reality (AR) experience to accompany the map that can be accessed for free using a cell phone app.