In 2014, nearly 68,000 unaccompanied children have been 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. 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 new installation by Borderland Collective, led by artists Jason Reed and Mark Menjivar and art historian, Erina Duganne. The installation will activate the Project Space at Blue Star as a history museum, community center, and classroom by employing a collaborative approach that brings forward diverse and complex histories through photographs, maps, art objects, personal stories, and political documents. The exhibition will also be host for events such as lectures and film screenings that will provide more layers of context for understanding the current crisis, as well as opportunities for community participation. This exhibition is just one response to the current crisis and will be an open space for constructive dialogue and exchange.
Contributing artists include Adriana Corral, Noah Sadowski, Vincent Valdez, Jennifer Whitney, and Ricky Yanas.