No Country May Claim Us is an exhibit that shows the experience of asylum seekers at the US/Mexico border —many of who came from Central America in the wave of caravans of the past two years— through the lenses of 14 documentary photographers and one filmmaker.
The 50 images and documentary film piece, all organized chronologically, offer a firsthand look into the recent displacement of Central American people; the militarization of the border, and immigration deterrence tactics used by the United States.
Hoping to show the effects of migratory persecution by both the US and Mexican government, the exhibit offers viewers an opportunity to empathize with those in exodus. The images tell the stories of the human condition under these circumstances. Their stories come from Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Haiti, and all over the world.
The first image starts on the journey north with hundreds of asylum seekers forming a caravan and leaving Honduras in early October 2018. Our photographers follow them through their arrival to the border city of Tijuana, where on November 25 of that year, Customs and Border Patrol agents on the US side of the border shot teargas at refugees in Mexico.
Images depict refugees’ lives inside Tijuana’s migrant shelters as they wait, trapped in a migratory purgatory, unable to return to their countries of origin, and unable to enter the US as a consequence of the Migrant Protection Protocol (Remain in Mexico Program).
The images compiled in No Country May Claim Us, show us the resilience and dignity of asylum seekers whose future in the US is uncertain, and provide us a snapshot of what migration is like for people of color in the modern age.
On display at Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco. M-F, 9AM-5:30PM.