Nasher Museum Annual Report 2014 | Pedro Lasch, Susan Harbage Page and Yinka Shonibare
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July 20 – December 1, 2013

This installation dealt with the human consequences of the creation and regulation of borders, featuring work by Pedro Lasch, a professor of the practice at Duke, Chapel Hill-based artist Susan Harbage Page and Yinka Shonibare, a British-Nigerian artist living in London.

In his mixed-media installation, Lasch displayed nine maps he had earlier provided to people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. Each map is marked with the evidence of the journey, the stains and tears creating an altered, more personal map. In her photographs, Harbage Page captures objects—including a wallet, argyle sock and scraps of fabric and paper—left behind as migrants crossed the U.S.-Mexican border. Shonibare’s work, Scramble for Africa, assembles 14 mannequins around a table with a map of Africa at its center. The installation reimagines the Berlin Conference (1884-85) that resulted in a continent parceled out among European powers, leading to conflict and bloodshed.

Scramble for Africa

The exhibition was organized by Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art

Pedro Lasch
Susan Harbage Page

TOP: A detail of Lasch’s mixed-media installation, LATINO/A AMERICA, shows evidence of a migrant’s difficult journey. MIDDLE: Gallery installation photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion. All other photos by J Caldwell. BOTTOM (LEFT TO RIGHT):Professor Pedro Lasch talks about his work. In her gallery  talk, artist Susan Harbage Page talks to visitors about her U.S.-Mexico border project. A family prepares to enter the pavilion with a gallery hunt activity.