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DOWNTOWN CENTRAL - ReflectSpace Closing Reception: in|visible: Negotiating the US-Mexico Border with Tom Kiefer

Meet artist Tom Kiefer at the Closing Reception for in|visible: Negotiating the US-Mexico Border at ReflectSpace.

027 SoapIn Tom Kiefer’s work, the undocumented immigrant is physically absent: only remnants of a journey across the border exist. Kiefer’s project, “El Sueño Americano - The American Dream,” consists of photographs of thousands of non-essential, potentially lethal objects confiscated by US Customs from undocumented immigrants attempting to cross the US-Mexico border. Kiefer, a fine art photographer, worked at a US Customs and Border Patrol processing facility in Southwest Arizona from July 2003 to August 2014 and collected these objects: soaps (shown here), combs, spoons, wallets, shoes, gloves, toothpaste, shoelaces, and even condoms. Kiefer’s work gathers the remnants of dreams and speaks to a certain permeability of border walls: while thousands of these objects were confiscated, even more made it across. Kiefer’s work is on display in ReflectSpace as well as the PassageWay gallery.

The Closing Reception is part of in|visible: Negotiating the US-Mexico Border @ ReflectSpace, an exhibition that explores physical, emotional and socioeconomic narratives across the US-Mexico border.  <Read More>


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