Detention Nation:
Sin Huellas Collective Installation Exhibition

School of Art Landmark Gallery
October 20 - December 15, 2018
Panel Discussion: Saturday, October 20th from 4:00-5:00 PM in English LH001.
Reception follows in the Landmark Gallery of the School of Art.

Detention Nation

Organized by Delilah Montoya, of Albuquerque and Houston, Detention Nation is a collaborative installation by Montoya and a collective of artist-activists based in Texas and New Mexico who go by the name Sin Huellas (without a trace or without tracks). Sin Huellas comprises the artists Delilah Montoya, Orlando Lara, Deyadira Arellano, Brenda Cruz-Wolf, Hope Sanford, Carlos Carrasco, Selene C. and Douglas Menjivar.

The exhibition will explore the physical, mental and emotional experiences of the thousands of immigrants currently locked up in private detention centers across America. The exhibition will open on Saturday, October 20th with a panel discussion of artists and scholars (TBA) and will continue through December 15th in the Landmark Gallery.

Detention Nation

Related Events:

Demanding Dignity: A Discourse on Bodies.
Thursday, October 17th at 7:00 PM in English 001
This roundtable discussion focuses and frames demands for dignity and justice while engaging issues and reforms related to Body Politics. Presented by the Literature, Social Justice, Environment (LSJE) Initiative in the Department of English.

  • Dr. Delilah Montoya, Associate Professor of Art, University of Houston, organizer of "Detention Nation"
  • Dr. Constance Cortez, Director, School of Art, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Sister Rosemary Welsh, Executive Director, Casa de Misericordia (House of Mercy), Laredo, Texas
  • Apryl Lewis, Graduate Student, Department of English, Black Graduate Student Association Representative

Caged, Enraged, and Engaged: Challenging American Immigration Policy.
Panel Discussion for Detention Nation, Saturday, October 20th at 4:00 PM in English 001
Presented by the School of Art.
Reception for the exhibition follows in the Art Building from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Una Herida Abierta: 
A Reading and Discussion in Conjunction with Detention Nation

Thursday, October 24th at 7:00 PM in English 106
Organized by Jessica E. Smith, Creative Writing Program of the Department of English.