El Sueño Americano

Today, we’re looking at Tom Keifer’s art piece, “El Sueño Americano.” Keifer took photographs of items in the garbage while working as a janitor at a Customs and Border Protection station. As you look though these collections of objects, try to put yourself in the mindset of someone walking hundreds or thousands of miles to come to the US. Think about the dangers of crossing the deserts in Arizona. How would you keep spouse and children safe? What would you bring with you? 

Respond to Keifer’s work with a two-minute video. Tell us what you imagine the people who carried these objects hoped for and worried about. Does one of the images strike you more than the others? Why do you think Kiefer collected the objects this way? 

Respond to Keifer’s work with a two-minute video. Tell us what you imagine the people who carried these objects hoped for and worried about. Does one of the images strike you more than the others? Why do you think Kiefer collected the objects this way? 

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