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Texas Tech hosts exhibition mirroring real-life immigration detention center

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The Texas Tech University School of Art is hosting Detention Nation Exhibition and also a panel discussion. The exhibition is a collaborative installation by a collective of artist-activists from Texas and New Mexico.

Members of the group call themselves Sin Huellas, which means "without a trace" in English. They are traveling across the country with an exhibition mirroring a real-life detention center.

The Detention Nation art show exhibited for the first time in Houston in 2015.

"It took a lot of effort, a lot of work. There was about six or seven of us artists activists that did get together," said Delilah Montoya, artist and educator from the University of Houston. "We had a lot of round-table discussions, where we began to think about what the issues were."  

The exhibition aims to explore the physical, emotional and mental experiences of the thousands of immigrants currently living in private detention centers in the United States. Montoya said she hopes those who visit the exhibit will walk away with an idea of what it's like to live in one, something she considers to be one of the biggest human rights crises in this country. 

"This makes for a wonderful platform," said Montoya. "For communities to begin to talk about the issues."

The art exhibition will be open through December 15. The exhibition is located at Texas Tech's School of Art Landmark Gallery. 

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