Exhibit – 'Broken Threads, Lives Unraveled: Fuentes Rojas and the Migrant Quilt Project'
This exhibit presents work by Fuentes Rojas/Bordando por la Paz y la Memoria and the Migrant Quilt Project, volunteer organizations that use textile arts to render legible the deaths of marginalized people in Arizona and Mexico.
Fuentes Rojas, based in Mexico City, memorializes victims of drug war-related violence in Mexico with white handkerchiefs vividly embroidered with red thread. The Migrant Quilt Project, based in Tucson, honors migrants who have died in the Tucson Sector by constructing quilts from materials abandoned by migrants in the Arizona desert.
These works recognize the power of naming: Whether embroidering the name of a person killed by a drug cartel or stitching "desconocido" (unknown) onto a quilt, the Migrant Quilt Project and Fuentes Rojas amplify the loss of individual human lives.