Voces (“Voices”), 2008 - Mandy Cano Villalobos via The Washington Post.
"Voces (“Voices”) addresses the mass femicide in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. An ongoing act of mourning and protest, I silently sit to the side of the gallery, embroidering the names of individual murder victims into white blouses. Beginning with the first documented victims in 1993, every woman is commemorated with pink thread, referencing the pink crosses that have been erected and painted throughout the city by those who mourn the dead. As the shirts fill the center of the room, memorial shrines and missing person posters line the walls". Mandy Cano Villalobos.
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… my deep dark secrets are of my abuse and yours are of giving abuse or seeing it and doing nothing
some how after secrets are shared I am looked at as knocked off the pedestal this tainted broken shell and you are seen as becoming a wiser man now a changed man.
but how is it men’s violent pasts are more valued over a woman’s violated past ?
I wanna knock all you fucks on the head one time for girls out there that told you their secrets and you instantly became seven and pissed ya shorts
El Salvador Presente
" "Presente" (Present), is a word called out after the name of someone deceased is mentioned, it is a way of acknowledging that the person’s spirit is still with us.
My drawing carries a reference to the slain Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, the former Archbishop of San Salvador who was murdered by a right-wing death squad on March 24, 1980 while celebrating mass. He was shot down one day after giving a sermon where he called upon Salvadoran soldiers to stop the repression against the people and to respect their basic human rights. In my artwork I emblazoned his name on a cross carried by the demonstrators I depicted.”
"The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art."