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.”
2012, 15 Bienal de Fotografía, Centro de la Imagen, México
2012, Art Gallery UTSA, San Antonio Texas, U.S.A.
2012, Esquizofrenia Tropical, PhotoEspaña Festival, Spain
2012, Memento Mori, Photo Imagen 2012, Museo de Arte Moderno, Dominican Republic
2012, Documentary Photography Biennial, Argentina
2010, Border Art Biennial, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas, U.S.A.
2008, Magnum Seminar, Studios Milk, New York, NY, U.S.A.
2008, Manifestation Internationale d’Art de Québec, Espace GM, Quebec, Canada
2008, Bienal de Guatemala-Morfo, Guatemala
2008, Official Selection Photoespaña Festival, Madrid, Spain
2012, El Retrato en México by Fundación Televisa, México.
2012, Esquizofrenia Tropical by Instituto Cervantes, Spain
2012, Ciudad Juárez by Seltmann+Söhne, Germany
2012, Mono, Volume 1 by Gomma Books, Britain
2011, Katalog 23.2 Journal of Photography and video, Denmark
2010, La Nación Newspaper, Argentina
2009, La Jornada Newspaper, México
2008, Die fotografin, ILA, Germany
2007, Paolo Gasparini´s letter for the Petare´s book, Caracas, Venezuela