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Mayra Martell Photography Born in 1979 in Juárez, Mexico. Lives in Mexico City, Mexico.
Clothing of Erika Carrillo, 19 years old. Disappeared December 11, 2000. Civil Engineering studentGoals of Erika. Disappeared December 2000Police sketch of Neyra Cervantes, based on her mothers memoryLiving room in Ciudad JuárezCinthia Jacobeth Castañeda Alvarado, 13 years old. Disappeared october 24 of 2008.Ana Azucena Martinez, 9 years old. Disappeared march 18, 1999 in Ciudad JuárezAna´s letter to her father, written when she learned to write at age 6. Three years after she disappearedGriselda Muroa Lopez, 16 years old. Disappeared April 13, 2009. Photo of when she was 6 months old

Project Description

Disappearance of women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

On July 22 of 2003, the declaration of the president of Mexico´s Human Rights National Committee, Jose Luis Soberanes, outraged the international press; he stated that the number of disappeared woman in Ciudad Juarez exceeded the thousands. To the date the number is still open, no political branch or organization knows exactly the number of disappeared woman.

Several doubts arose in me; on what moment those woman became Fictitious? What happened to their families? With the spaces were they existed?

Such question became so constant; I ended up at the state´s law enforcement station requesting information on the missing women. The murdered woman of Ciudad Juárez was not my interest, perhaps my concern, but not my main interest, only the disappearances, how is it possible that the amount of missing woman is such that number is unaccounted for.

My primary intention was to validate the disappearance of woman not of numbers; I wanted to see their rooms almost as an intuitive movement, as a past necessity. They try to continue with their lives, the living room remains intact, however these people are filled with images, religious images, their daughter images, hopeful images, and they do not know that to do with all of them, they search for the clothing that she wore a day before disappearing, it conserves her sent. After years, is necessary the presence of another person to renew the memory, that is there were they are, is there where they survive. They are still waiting.

“Hope is the biggest lie of the world… 
however is the most logical emotionally at this time.”

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