(Artists Jennifer Hijazi, Wesley Creigh and Conor Eliot Fitzgerald in person)
Tonight’s program highlights local artists employing varying viewing formats to represent international boundaries near and far. Featuring 360° videos of international borders from around the world by University of Arizona Journalism master’s student Jennifer Hijazi. Her virtual reality stations will give your eyeballs a front row seat to the people and landscapes of borderlands worldwide. Wesley Creigh will debut her animation project “Of Rocks and Bullets: An Animated Discourse” in an interactive viewing-booth installation that contemplates the occurrence of Border Patrol violence on and across the US-Mexico border. Conor Elliott Fitzgerald presents his video piece dealing with retirees and winter residents (snowbirds) that live in close proximity to the US-Mexico border. The work relates to the diversity of communities in the Southwest and how aging Anglos living in border states play a role in the debate around immigration and border security in this country. Khaled Jarrar is a Palestinian multidisciplinary artist who is internationally renowned for his sometimes controversial installation work. He will be presenting a short video, Khaled’s Ladder, about one of his recent projects, a sculptural work created from materials gleaned from sections of the US/Mexico border wall. Jason Aragon is a long-time member of Pan Left Productions, an organization which has empowered the Tucson community through media literacy and resources for 20 years. Jason will share a collection of videos in a dedicated viewing room that encapsulate the last 10 years of the immigrant rights struggle in Southern Arizona. An exciting night of boundary pushing video and new media works that examine traditional themes using non-traditional methods, compelling the viewers towards new frontiers of thought and reaction.