ASU art exhibit showcases items left behind by illegal immigrants

It's an exhibit at the Arizona State University Art Museum but is it really art?

It's made of items people left behind as they tried to cross the border.

There's a wall of over 300 backpacks, Dora the Explorer, The Simpson's, Superman, the Chicago Bulls, soccer teams, and behind them stories in Spanish and English.

For artists Amanda Krugliak and Richard Barnes, the question: why collect and display all this stuff?

"We both always thought about objects, how they are collected, what they tell us, what kind of story, what they reveal we cannot possibly now," said Amanda Krugliak.

There's a mount of empty water bottles, and there are personal items belonging to people who died trying to cross. There is also a video of the fence on the border at Nogales.

There are going to be folks watching this who will say these people are lawbreakers coming across the border, why celebrate it in an art museum?

"My brother-in-law is a native Arizonan, and he saw us installing this the other day, and his comment was, have you talked to anyone from Arizona who lives with this day to day? We know that, we're trying to look at this in a way that is more open-ended, more ambiguous," said Richard Barnes.

"We understand the politics will be there no matter what," said Barnes.

The exhibit will be at the Combine Gallery every Friday and Saturday for the next three months, admission is free.
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