The Documented: Oral Histories by Spartan Students

MSU J-School

The ArtPrize exhibit "The Documented" consists of 1. a standalone cutout of Brenda Pilar-Ayala and her mom, Rosa Maria Ayala de Pilar 2, a documentary film, and 3. a website featuring Brenda's story as well as other Michigan State University students. The installation will feature a QR Code that will allow visitors to access the film and website. The students are new U.S. citizens dealing with the undocumented status of family or international students who face persistent uncertainty that they will not be allowed to enter the country. This initiative captures the joy of belonging and the heartache of separation because of deportation. The hope is this website is a window into the realities of immigrants and migrants, documented and undocumented, refugees and those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status as well as international students as they pursue a better life in the form of a college degree.

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