A series of works on paper, souvenirs, video loop (s) , video vignettes, performance, and curated pamphlets. The central work in the installation is comprised of 1,200 individual rubbings of a 1917 penny that commemorates each man, by name who were unlawfully taken and banished from their homes in Bisbee for being on strike. Laurie considers the process of making the rubbings as an endurance piece, and the rubbings themselves the resulting monument, "A labor of love for the love of labor".
Laurie McKenna's The Undesirables Project was documented in the 2018 film Bisbee '17 by Robert Greene.
The growth of this project has been made possible by a 2018 Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Research and Development grant. Video, performance and audio work would not have been feasible without the funding.
Arizona History Museum, Tucson, Arizona March 20, 2019 - December 15, 2019
On July 12th, 1917 in Bisbee, AZ mining companies and the Sheriff armed approximately 2000 citizens and rounded up 1,196 striking miners and their supporters. From there, the striking miners were marched to a baseball park, loaded into cattle cars, and banished to the desert in New Mexico. The strike was called by the IWW and the workers were accused of being subversives, unpatriotic, and a threat to public safety.