El Sueño Americano: The American Dream
Works by Tom Kiefer
Opening Reception Oct 25 6:30 – 8:00PM
Opening October 25 through December 22.
The photographs and objects in El Sueño Americano first beg the questions: “Whose things are these? Why so many? Who collected them and why?” Photographer Tom Kiefer also wants the viewer to ask, “What do I make of all this?”
El Sueño Americano features more than 100 photographs of items – some “everyday”, some deeply personal – along with actual items that were confiscated from women, men and children caught illegally crossing the Arizona border.
Kiefer, who worked as a janitor at a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in Arizona for 12 years, discovered the items in garbage bags. Taken from people and deemed “non-essential items” as part of the enforcement process, the items were bound for the dump. Kiefer was both intrigued and saddened by what he found in the garbage bags, and began making images of the items in an effort to answer his questions.