Thousands of women in Juarez, Mexico have been tortured and murdered because they are women. Yet the authorities have been more inclined to call these killings imaginary than emergency. When installation artist Mandy Cano Villalobos of the Calvin College art department learned of this mass femicide, she looked for a way to honor the individual victims. See what she created to give these silenced women a voice. Shirley Hoogstra hosts. (Includes film clip from "Juarez: the City Where the Women are Disposable.")+ More details
This project addresses the thousands of murders that scarred South America in the implementation of Operation Condor during the 1970s and 80s. In this political campaign, dictators of multiple Southern Cone countries made an alliance to exterminate any individual or group suspected of political opposition. To the right of me, unsewn images of Condor victims are neatly stacked and labeled according to their country of origin. I methodically retrieve individuals from this pile and sew over their faces. Once each image is covered in white cloth, I let the sewn photograph fall to the floor. As the installation proceeds, this second pile accumulates into a heap of indistinguishable, faceless persons.+ More details
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