Eyes On

Erika Harrsch
On View through November 17, 2019
Child looking at camera with digital sky

Erika Harrsch, Installation view of Under the Same Sky … We Dream (2017-19). Dimensions and duration variable. Image courtesy of the artist.

On View through November 17, 2019
Hamilton Building - Level 4
Included in general admission
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Eyes On: Erika Harrsch features a single contemporary installation titled Under the Same Sky… We Dream. Harrsch (who is based in New York and was born and raised in Mexico City) first exhibited Under the Same Sky… We Dream in El Paso in 2017 just as regulations became more stringent for those seeking asylum in the United States. The installation also was featured at B3: The Biennial of the Moving Image in Frankfurt, Germany, that same year.

Harrsch’s installation offers a place of reflection that acknowledges the children who have crossed the border between Mexico and the U.S. The multimedia exhibition uses photography, animation, visual language, and musical performance to capture current cultural, political, and environmental issues faced by children of refugees and undocumented immigrants.

The installation is presented in a darkened space that is separated by a hanging screen; the silhouette of the screen is cut to resemble the borderline between the U.S. and Mexico with a video of clouds passing by. Visitors are prompted to enter the space and pass underneath the soft hanging screen to the other side of the room where there are mattresses and Mylar blankets, similar to those used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in detention centers that house undocumented minors who have been detained trying to illegally enter the U.S. The words of the as-yet-unpassed DREAM Act envelop the room sung by vocalist Magos Herrera. Visitors are invited to recline on a mattress and use provided lamps to read the DREAM Book, which includes the words from the song playing in the room.

Eyes On: Erika Harrsch is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is presented with the generous support of Vicki and Kent Logan, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.