Northern Triangle


Upcoming Exhibition Dates: 

April 19 - September 16, 2018   |   Mayborn Museum, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Past Venues: 

November 6 - December 8, 2017   |   Staniar Gallery, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA

February 4 - April 2, 2017   |   University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

August 26 - December 22, 2016   |   Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

March 18 - April 23, 2016   |   Threewalls, Chicago, IL

December 4, 2014 - February 15, 2015   |   Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio, TX


In 2014, more than 68,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended on the U.S./Mexico border, double the number from the previous year. Of this group, the majority are from the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Known as the Northern Triangle, this region has a long and complicated relationship with the United States. Civil wars in the 1980s, deportation policies, the drug war, border issues, trade agreements, unjust economic structures, political corruption, poverty, human trafficking, and many other situations have all contributed.

Originally commissioned by Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Northern Triangle is an exhibition created by Borderland Collective that opens a space for constructive dialogue and exchange around the current Central American refugee crisis along the U.S./Mexico border and the long and complicated history of U.S. intervention in which it is irrevocably entangled.


Lead: Erina Duganne, Mark Menjivar, and Jason Reed; Artists: Adriana Corral, Noah Sadowski, Vincent Valdez, Jennifer Whitney, and Ricky Yanas; Community/Organizations: Stacey Merkt, Jack Elder, Library of Congress, the National Archives, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, The South Texas Human Rights Center, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), University of Texas School of Architecture Migrant Detention Project, and Gemini Ink