In September 2014 Mexican students from the “Raúl Isidro Burgos” Teacher Training School in Ayotzinapa were attacked by the police in Iguala, Guerrero. 6 people, 3 of them students, were murdered and 43 students were forcibly disappeared.
Scottish artist and filmmaker, Jan Nimmo, once a regular visitor to Mexico, and who had travelled through Guerrero to meet local artisans, was devastated to hear of the attack. As an act of solidarity, she embarked on a series of 49 portraits. Her aim was to highlight the fact that Mexico’s disappeared people (28,000+ since 2007) are not just statistics. Each disappearance is a tragedy.
Thanks to human rights activist, Érendira Sandoval Carrillo, each portrait is now in the hands of the parents of the students – literally, since the portraits now regularly accompany them on protests and in their pursuit of justice at meetings with public officials.
Jan will give an illustrated talk about the work she has made in response to what happened to the students and about Mexico’s human rights crisis. She will show a couple of short films, give an update on the campaign and will highlight the work of other artists making work about Mexico’s missing.
WHEN: 7-9pm – 13th October 2016
WHERE: Intermedia Gallery/CCA 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD. This event is part of the Glasgow Radical Independent Bookfair Project’s 10th Anniversary exhibition, “Not by the Book”.
For more information you can watch Jan’s video: ¿Dónde están? (Where are they?) English version