The National Museum of Mexican Art presents:
Rastros y Crónicas: Women of Juarez
Chicago – Rastros y Crónicas: Women of Juarez is an exhibition of contemporary art that brings together female artists from both sides of the U.S./Mexico border to explore the complexities of the violent deaths and disappearances of the women living in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez. 26 well-respected female artists from the U.S. and Mexico create a new narrative for the slain and disappeared women of Ciudad Juárez through their artwork.
Installations, digital photography, paintings, printmaking, posters, mixed media, sculptures, textiles, and one audio piece are the techniques artists choose to oppose violence against women, and to wake up the conscience of the community.
Rastros y Crónicas: Women of Juarez utilizes provocative artwork of varied mediums as a chronicle of the struggles of Mexican women and the grievous deaths in Ciudad Juárez. By generating awareness, the artwork supports the cause of the victims’ families who search for justice and truth. The exhibition compels the viewer to comprehend and sympathize with what the victims endured and what the living continue to face. In this way, our generation and future generations will not forget or ignore the loss of life in Ciudad Juárez.
Linda Tortolero,co-curator, explains that: “The purpose of the exhibition – Rastros y Crónicas: Women of Juarez – is to heighten awareness through art about the underlying struggles of Mexican women due to partner abuse, sexism, poverty, the lack of educational and economic opportunities and finally, the numerous and complex challenges to ending the femicide in Ciudad Juarez. Among Mexican and Mexican American artists, art always has been a powerful and revealing medium for socio-political issues and we hope that the audience comes away more informed and motivated to speak out against the violence and injustices facing women throughout Mexico.” The exhibition challenges the viewer, not only to face the horrible reality of the killings in Ciudad Juarez, but also to re-evaluate his or her role in society and in the world.
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