Migration Letters is a traveling installation by Colombian-born artist Alejandro García-Lemos. It consists of 26 triangular-shaped boxes hanging from the ceiling, each presenting a letter of the alphabet in English. "Migration Letters tackles the fact that almost all Americans, with the exception of Native Americans, have a migratory history," says the artist, who portrays politically incorrect words and misconceptions related to issues of migration through small paintings. “A” stands for Alien, American, Abduction, Acculturation, and Anchor-babies, for example. Visitors to the exhibit contribute their own words, so that text continues to grow with each installation.
García-Lemos's installation will hang from The Englert's stage for one day, Oct. 12 and will be open to the public from noon through the close of the Junot Díaz reading that night. Events that day will include a talk with the artist at 3:30 pm and a reception for both will be in Iowa City for García-Lemos and author Junot Díaz at 6 pm that evening, prior to Diaz's reading on the same stage.