M. Jenea Sanchez (b. 1985)
Historias en la Camioneta (Stories in the Shuttle)

In Historias en la Camioneta (Stories in the Shuttle), M. Jenea Sanchez places viewers inside a van traveling from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico to Phoenix, Arizona. Using an immersive and ethnographic approach to their artistic practice, Sanchez privileges the harrowing and laborious experience of crossing borders and checkpoints mediated by the U.S. Border Patrol. Conversations with fellow travelers reveal personal stories of the struggles of families separated by the border, the violence and economic instability driving much of the migration from Mexico to the United States, and the politics of deportation. In addition to showing how movement across borders is closely monitored, Sanchez invites us to hear about the ways in which lives become entangled with the border and how these common shuttles function as critical technologies of transportation for those needing to move through liminal border spaces.

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Contingent Perimeters is curated by Alexis Herrera. This exhibition is supported by the Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch fund at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. It was developed as part of the Guest Instagram Curator Program. To see the Instagram exhibition and learn more, please click here.