The Undocumented Everyday: Migrant Lives and the Politics of Visibility with Rebecca Schreiber


About the Talk
In her presentation on The Undocumented Everyday: Migrant Lives and the Politics of Visibility, Rebecca Schreiber will discuss Mexican and Central American migrants’ strategies of visibility and invisibility within video, multimedia, and social media projects that focus on US immigration laws and policies. These projects -- including the art installation Sanctuary City/Ciudad Santuario, 1989–2009 and videos produced as part of the “No Papers, No Fear” Ride for Justice Tour in 2012--feature affective and performative elements that make visible the effects of state practices on undocumented migrants and provide a critique of state forms of policing and surveillance.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

About the Book
The Undocumented Everyday: Migrant Lives and the Politics of Visibility examines the significance of documentary photography, film, video, and audio projects involving undocumented Mexican and Central American migrants in the U.S. and U.S -Mexico borderlands during the early twenty-first century. In these documentary projects, Mexican and Central American migrants emphasize their everyday experiences as forms of counter-knowledge and counter-representation. By centering their own subjectivity and presence in documentary media, these migrants create alternatives to liberal tropes of visibility as an abstract form of empowerment and inclusion. Instead, they use documentary media to make political claims and to create new forms of protection.

About the Author
Rebecca Schreiber is an Associate Professor in the American Studies Department at University of New Mexico. She received her doctorate at Yale University in American Studies. Her research focuses on issues of migration between the United States and Mexico and considers relations to place, identity and dislocation through forms of visual culture. Her most recent book, The Undocumented Everyday: Migrant Lives and the Politics of Visibility (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), examines how Mexican and Central American migrants have depicted themselves and members of their communities in documentary photography, film, video and audio projects since 9/11. She is currently co-editing a special issue of Radical History Review on “Radical Histories of Sanctuary,” and is also the author of Cold War Exiles in Mexico: U.S. Dissidents and the Culture of Critical Resistance (University of Minnesota Press, 2008).

Chicano Latino Research Center, Kresge College, Merrill College, Porter College, Cowell College, Feminist Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, Department of History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC), and Department of Film & Digital Media.

Merrill Cultural Center
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Undocumented Everyday book cover
Event dates: 
05/09/2018 - 4:00pm