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Launch event: "In Footprints of Memory: Searching for Mexico’s Disappeared"
Mon 20 March 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT
Amnesty International UK presents In Footprints of Memory: Searching for Mexico’s Disappeared
Join us on 20 March for an unusual and stimulating exhibit about the disappeared in Mexico.
Mexican artist Alfredo López Casanova has painstakingly etched heart-breaking messages from relatives of the disappeared onto the soles of 40 pairs of shoes. These are shoes actually worn out by families in their searches for lost loved ones. Cowboy boots, trainers, sandals, pumps, flipflops displayed In Footprints of Memory, they express the travail of the search. They tell the stories of the disappearances, and the stories of the families who will not give up. Some shoes include messages from the living to the lost.
The artist will be present at the launch, as will María de Jesús Tlatempa Bello. María is looking for her son, José Eduardo Bartolo Tlatempa, one of the 43 students of the Ayotzinapa School who disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero, more than two years ago.
More than 28,000 Mexicans have gone missing since 2006. Many, like the 43 students, were last seen in the custody of government agents. Others were kidnapped by gangs.
There will be a screening of a short film about the project, followed by light refreshments.