Sueños deshidratados

Sueños deshidratados, Site No. 1 (32.113606, -110.858981)
(2018)
powdered milk
in situ
 

Each year thousands of migrants make the treacherous journey north, illegally crossing the US border. This journey is long, perilous, and most often undertaken out of desperation. In recent years the total number of migrants crossing the border has fallen, but the death toll is on the rise. Since 1981 the remains of nearly 3,000 migrants have been found in Arizona, and although the majority of these remains are found in remote, desert areas, numerous have been discovered in populated areas including large cities such as Tucson. By far, the most common cause of death for migrants crossing the border is exposure. This includes heat stroke, dehydration, and hyperthermia.

Sueños deshidratados (Dehydrated Dreams) is an ephemeral, public installation across multiple sites that places markers near locations where deceased migrants have been found. These markers, formed by powdered milk dusted upon the ground, are unique to each site and based upon the human form. Their continued existence is in constant jeopardy and at odds with the whims of nature and the natural elements.

These migrant deaths are a direct result of the confluence of human conflict and natural phenomena. These ephemeral markings embodying both of these elements, evoking the haunting shadows of human remains created by nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as the plaster casts resulting from citizens of Pompeii who were entombed by volcanic ash.

The powdered milk that forms these markers is created through a rapidly engineered dehydration process. On its face it represents the ultimate cause of death for many migrants—a severe lack of water. However, powdered milk is also a key ingredient in infant formula, which parallels the migrant’s journey from their motherland to a foreign land.

The title of this work is in reference to the work of Eduardo Villanes, a Peruvian artist who created a series of works titled Gloria evaporada from 1994 to 1995 in response and protest to the Cantuta Massacre.

Works

Sueños deshidratados, Site No. 1 (32.113606, -110.858981)

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Sueños deshidratados, Site No. 1 (1 day later)

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Sueños deshidratados, Site No. 1 (5 days later)

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Sueños deshidratados, Site No. 1 (7 days later)

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Sueños deshidratados, Site No. 2 (32.119440, -110.981790)

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Sueños deshidratados, Site No. 2 (1 day later)

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Sueños deshidratados, Site No. 2 (4 days later)

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Sueños deshidratados, Site No. 2 (6 days later)

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Sueños deshidratados, Site No. 3 (32.166335, -110.942516)

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Sueños deshidratados, Site No. 3 (3 days later)

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Sueños deshidratados, Site No. 3 (5 days later)

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