Los Desconocidos: Migrant Quilts

Los Desconocidos: Migrant Quilts

Each year, many migrants perish in the Tucson Sector—the region between Yuma, Arizona and New Mexico—as they try to cross from Mexico and Central America into southern Arizona. Some of their remains, found in the Sonoran Desert, are unidentifiable, and these “unknowns”—los desconocidos—are commemorated, along with the others, in quilts that incorporate materials collected by humanitarians along established desert trails: blue jeans, bandanas, work shirts, and embroidered cloth. Founded by Jody Ipsen, the Migrant Quilt Project has documented the tragedy of migrant deaths since 2000 in fabric collages that blend the narrative, iconographic and typographic power of Mexican folk art, Abstract Expressionism, and Russian Constructivism.

Event Date
Friday, March 15, 2019 to Thursday, June 27, 2019