On Wednesday night, the Harvard Immigration Project hosted the opening of the first-ever art exhibit at the law school. The Border Film Project is a traveling exhibit of photographs taken by both crossing migrants and civilian “minutemen” watching the border. Project founders Brett Huneycutt, Victoria Criado, and Rudy Adler provided both groups with disposable cameras, and in return have collected over 2000 pictures documenting life on the border from both groups’ point of view.
The project was brought to Harvard by 2L Abraham Wise, a HIP board member, who contacted the project coordinators last year about bringing the photos to HLS. Wise took his role literally, carrying the exhibit’s photo prints back from Brooklyn, where they were previously displayed, in the midst of competing in the NYU Immigration Moot Court competition.
HIP collaborated with students in the Graduate School of Design to plan the exhibition. Co-sponsors of the event are the HLS ACLU, Arts and Literature Law Society, BLSA, Direct Action Against Poverty, Harvard Democrats, HL Central, and La Alianza.
HIP co-president Alison Kamhi expressed her hope that HLS students would enjoy the project’s creative take on an important political issue. “In light of both the ongoing national controversies over immigration and the local round-up of illegal immigrants in New Bedford on Tuesday, I think this exhibit is appropriate and timely in raising issues of illegal migration on the law school campus,” said Kahmi. On Tuesday, 300 immigration agents raided a New Bedford, MA manufacturing plant and frequent recipient of defense contracts, arresting managers and up to 350 employees.
On Wednesday, students enjoyed an opening night reception that included a short documentary about the project, a tour of the photos, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres. Next Wednesday, March 14th, at 5:30 pm, immigration attorney Laurel Scott will speak in conjunction with the exhibit about family immigration law and the rights of US citizens to petition for their family members. The exhibit will run through Friday, March 23rd.