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The Documented: Oral Histories of Spartan Students

MSU J-School

The ArtPrize exhibit "The Documented" consists of 1. "The Wall & the Mitten," a 3D structure designed from a photo taken in 1995 of Rosa Maria Ayala de Pilar, carrying Brenda Pilar-Ayala, who is two months old; they had just crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. Originally from Michoacán, a state in Mexico, Rosa and her family made their home in the state of Michigan. The exhibit depicts a path from undocumented to documented, from DREAM-er to a dream. Fast forward 20+ years, Brenda is an MSU student, a Bailey Scholar, a member of this year's MSU Homecoming Court, and a U.S. citizen. The exhibit also includes 2. a documentary film, and 3. a website sharing stories of other MSU domestic and international students. The installation features a QR Code that will allow visitors to access the film and website. The hope is this project is a window into the lives of student immigrants, migrants, documented and undocumented, as they pursue a better life in the form of a college degree from MSU.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 3 feet
  • Medium: Life-size standalone wooden cutout w/ QR Code
  • Width: 5 feet
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 8 feet

About MSU J-School

Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D. - Project Director Jason Howard - Film Editor Ben Goldman & Nolan Wall - Producers