Filed Away: the undocumented experience
Undocumented, DACAmented, AB540 students, DREAMers and friends and family of undocumented people, face emotional, political, social and financial challenges in their daily lives as a result of current immigration policy. While their connection to this identity may mostly go unseen, they are a part of our campus community. This exhibition acknowledges the stories of personal objects of just a few of these students.
Filed Away shares personal objects of nine University of California Davis (UCD) students who have family and friends who are undocumented and/or are undocumented themselves. The exhibition intentionally raises more questions than it answers, and creates space for visitors to come to their own conclusions about the subject.
This exhibition was a collaborative effort with four undergraduate advisory board members, the UCD undocumented student community and Exhibits of Humanity.
Do You Consider the U.S. Your Home?
Purple Key = Documented Yellow Key = Undocumented
Negative Words & Phrases
Visitors were invited to write a word or phrase used to describe undocumented people that they found offensive, then crumple it up and throw it away in the trash bin. Participants were also allowed to read “trash” in the bin.
Article About the Exhibition
Emily Masuda. "'Filed Away' Exhibit Showcases Personal Objects, Stories During Undocumented Student Awareness Week." The California Aggie. May 28, 2014.