LUBBOCK– Landmark Arts at the Texas Tech University School of Art presents El Sueño Americano Project by Tom Kiefer, as the fourth exhibition in the 2015 – 2016 SRO Photo Gallery Exhibition Series. El Sueño Americano Project will be on view at the SRO Photo Gallery November 10 – December 6, 2015. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The El Sueño Americano Project (“the American Dream project”) by Tom Kiefer features photographs of objects confiscated by U.S Border Patrol in the process of apprehending individuals, often during attempts to cross the Mexico – United States border illegally. In this series, banal personal effects become representative of precious belongings chosen for a journey that is dangerous and unsuccessful for many.
The photographs are anonymous in that they do not reference any specific individual, but Kiefer’s grouping of similar objects in a number of the photographs point to shared values, needs, objectives, experiences, and ultimately, aspirations. Collectively, the photographs humanize and personalize the politicized and often polarizing issue of border crossing.
Tom Kiefer is a fulltime photographer based in Ajo, AZ. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States. A previous series by Kiefer entitled Ajo to Tuscon (2005) has been on exhibition tour continually since 2007, and his work is held in a number of public art collections, including the Phoenix Airport Museum (Phoenix, AZ) and the Texas Tech University Southwest Collection (Lubbock, TX).
The Landmark Arts SRO Photo Gallery is located in the Sub-basement of the Texas Tech School of Art Building. The Art Building is located at 3072 18th Street (near the corner of 18th Street and Flint Ave). Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. On weekdays, paid parking is available on the fourth floor of the Flint Avenue parking facility. Parking is free on weekends. Admission to the School of Art Galleries is free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.srophotogallery.org for more information.