The exhibition features photographs collected by Kiefer during his time working as a janitor in Ajo, Arizona in a Customs and Border Protection station. These photographs depict the assortment of objects carried to the border by migrants, deemed "non-essential" or "potentially lethal," and discarded by border agents. Included among these objects are personal and sentimental items, hygienic products, and children's toys. In carefully arranging and photographing the discarded objects, Kiefer's collection amplifies the often untold stories of migrants who pass through Customs and Border Protection stations each day and illuminates the deeply human and unique journeys they face.
Above: © Tom Kiefer. USA! USA! USA!, 2019. Redux Pictures.