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Footprints of Memory, Disappearances in Latin America - Screening & Panel D...
Tue 21 March 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT
Forced disappearances in Mexico are a terror strategy implemented by the State. Two main factors that have caused this have been the lack of both, compliance with corrupt institutions and willingness to change the status quo. Many organisations are trying to stress the importance and urgency of this situation; Human Rights Watch stated that out of 250 disappearances 149 see state agents involved. On top of state participation, criminal groups inside the country have used, in the last decades, disappearance as a new strategy. Central American migrants, being an extremely vulnerable group, are the main target. The exhibition Huellas de la Memoria (Footprints of Memory) was created by Mexican artist Alfredo López Casanova. He collected and engraved many pairs of shoes from relatives that have been travelling around in Mexico and other parts of Latin America in the search for their beloved disappeared. After a period exhibited in Mexico, the exhibition will be in London at the Amnesty International Headquarters from the 20th to the 31st of March.
The event will start with the introduction and screening of Ausencias and will follow by a panel discussion with the following speakers:
Chair: Dr Leandro Vergara-Camus - Senior Lecturer in Theory, Policy and Practice of Developments at SOAS, University of London. He has conducted research on the Latin American left, the Zapatista movement in Chiapas and the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil, peasant agriculture, and the history of land struggles over property rights in Latin America.
Dr Miriam Haddu - Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has conducted research on political violence and drug wars in films, such as Guillermo Del Toro's El Espinazo del Diablo or Luis Estrada's El Infierno.
María de Jesús - María is the mother of one of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa School who disappeared by municipal police on the 26th of September 2014. She has been searching for her son, José Eduardo Bartolo Tlatempa, alongside the other parents, ever since. María and several other Ayotzinapa family members have their shoes in Huellas de la Memoria (Footprints of Memory).
Alfredo López Casanova - Alfredo is an artist and sculptor from Guadalajara, México. He founded the now collective project Huellas de la Memoria (Footprints of Memory) working from his studio in Mexico City. He began engraving the shoes of relatives of the disappeared in 2015, and the project is now maintained by a small group of people, constantly growing.
Maria de Vecchi Gerli - Maria is member of the London Mexico Solidarity and PhD candidate at UCL researching forced dissapearances.
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B102 Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London