One of the galleries for the exhibition “State of
Exception/Estado de Excepción” at Parsons School of Design.

Credit Garrett Carroll



“State of Exception/Estado de Excepción,” the exhibition created at the Institute for Humanities as a collaboration between artist Amanda Krugliak, photographer Richard Barnes, and Professor De León, based on his 2015 book “The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail,” is now on display at the Parsons School of Design in New York.

“Strong political art is hard to make. So when it turns up, it’s worth a look. In an era of “great, great walls” and “bad hombres,” an exhibition called “State of Exception/Estado de Excepción” at Parsons School of Design fills the bill. It starts with a kind of special-effects installation, a video of what looks like fast-flowing river projected across the gallery floor and surging toward you. You walk over it to enter the show, and the shuddering current makes you feel woozy, as if you don’t quite know what your feet are doing.”

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