screenprint and lithograph
*this piece is only available as a screeprint and lithograph on paper. Sale will not include black tarp or hand- cut paper edges unless requested.
Brooks County, TX, located 70 miles North of the Rio Grande, has been dubbed “Death Valley” by Texas ranchers due to the alarming number of migrant deaths. To avoid the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint located on U.S. 281, many illegal migrants travel by foot through the 40 miles of private ranches on either side of the highway. With temperatures in Brooks County over 100 degrees and 100 percent humidity, many migrants die of dehydration and exhaustion. In the summer of 2013, a team of forensic anthropologists from Baylor University exhumed more than 361 unidentified human remains from mass graves in Brooks County’s Sacred Heart Cemetery, a county-run graveyard. Many of these remains were unmarked and buried in biohazard bags, trash bags, and even a milk crate. In November of 2014, an investigation was launched to determine whether or not these migrant remains were handled incorrectly. Despite the lack of impermeable containers (Texas Health and Safety Code Title 8), plot plan identification (Texas Health and Safety Code Section 711.003), and DNA records (Texas Criminal Code Article 63.056), Texas says there is “no evidence” of wrongdoing.
This print is dedicated to the 361 unidentified immigrants who were robbed of proper burial rights by Brooks County, TX.