Giannina Coppiano Dwin

Giannina Coppiano Dwin


Artist Statement


The installation “One Year” consists of 150 covered plastic vials containing the location where a migrant perished attempting to cross the US/Mexico border near or at the Sonora desert.   The number of vials represents the lesser number of the average deaths of human beings while on a journey to cross to the US in one given year.  Their deaths were the result of invisible violence.

Minimal in form, the installation’s elements (vials and geolocation numbers) convey the dehumanization of men, women, and children whose identities, families, histories, are unknown to the lawmakers, the policymakers, and the enforcers of established borders.  Near the border at the time of their deaths, there was no feeling of belonging, only a feeling of desperate loneliness and exclusion.

The artwork does not reveal anything about the identity of the perished.  It only lists the location in either a physical address or a GPS location in DMS format (degree, minutes and seconds for latitude and longitude) where the remains were found. The locations can be accessed by the viewer via geolocation systems such as GPS, computers and some smart phones.  The information of the locations comes from The Arizona Recovered Human Remains – A non-governmental Human Rights Organization.  These 150 locations are of human remains found between October 1, 2012 and September 2013.

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