The exhibition Traces of Memories: an art project about violent disappearances in Mexico, is an attempt to confront a wider public with the topic of people disappearances in today’s Latin America.
According to the latest report of the National Committee on Human Rights in Mexico (CNDH), about 30,000 people are missing in the country. The term “disappeared” is used to describe the arbitrary imprisonment or abduction of citizens by government officials or groups working for or tolerated by it. Denied all information the relatives of these victims are abandoned in their search with the an inevitable feeling of injustice and impunity.
In the exhibition Traces of memories: an art project about violent disappearances in Mexico, the sculptor Alfredo Lopéz Casanova transforms shoes of relatives of missing persons into symbols. They represent the countless steps taken in a restless and painful search. The project involves carving messages to missing sons and daughters into the shoes’ soles. It reveals what the relatives are doing to find their lost kids, how they never lose hope, and everything they would do to see their loved ones again.
“I also wanted to show the public that in Mexico since the 1968 massacre a form of state terror exists. In a country where horror and terror often return, it is particularly important to create memories, “emphasizes López Casanova, who will be present at the opening evening, explain his work and lead through the exhibition.
Exhibition opening: Tuesday, 11.07. at 19:00 o ‘clock
Gallery neurotitan in the house Schwarzenberg.
Rosenthalerstraße 39, 10178 Berlin, Germany
exhibition dates: 12.07.2017 – 22.07.2017