Mexican femicide victims remembered at VG&M

MexicoExhib-1wThe exhibition features work by four artists, each seeking to expose the murder and disappearance of thousands of women and girls from the Mexico border town of Ciudad Juárez

An exhibition that highlights the disappearance and murder of women and girls in a town on the Mexican-US border will open at the Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M).

`Remember Them’ features work by a group of international artists that brings attention to the huge amount of mainly female disappearances and murders committed in Ciudad Juárez in Northern Mexico, a city described as one of the most violent in the world.

The exhibition, which is being shown for the first time in the UK, features works by Mexican photographer, Julián Cardona, Irish painter, Brian Maguire, Norwegian artist, Lise Bjí¸rne Linnert and Mexican artist, Teresa Margolles.

MexicoExhib-3wLise Bjorne Linnert’s project emphasizes the scale of the tragedy continuing to unfold, and affecting families across the generations

Matthew Clough, Director of the VG&M, said: “The scale and impact of this issue will sadly be unknown to many people. This exhibition offers support to victims’ families who campaign for justice in Mexico. We have been privileged to work with a group of artists who are addressing a horrifying reality and aiming to bring about change through their art”.

Julián Cardona is a photographer and journalist living and working in Ciudad Juárez. The exhibition includes a selection of his images that show families of the victims searching for bodies in the desert, arguing with authorities and burying their dead.

Mexicoexhib-4wBrian Maguire’s portraits of the disappeared women and girls aim “to show the singular, vital personality that has been taken”

Working with the families of victims, Brian Maguire has created a series of portraits of young women who have disappeared or who are known to have been murdered.

Norwegian artist, Lise Bjí¸rne Linnert, presents `Desconocida, Unknown, Ukjent’, an international participatory art project featuring a wall of nametags.  The tags have the names of the women who have been murdered or gone missing in Ciudad Juárez since 1993 or a simple `unknown’ sewn onto them.  Some of those on display have been made in the VG&M in the last two months.

MexicoExhib-2wName tags have been added by participants from across the globe, using each’s native tongue. With so many women and girls still undiscovered, the word ‘unknown’, and its international variants, features frequently

Teresa Margolles (Mexico) shows, for the first time in the United Kingdom, her film work Irrigación. Margolles, a leading contemporary Mexican artist, won the Artes Mundi prize earlier this year. Much of her work explores the crime and violence in her home country.

The annual E Allison Peers Symposium, hosted by the Department of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, will be held to mark the opening of the exhibition.  The annual symposium named after Edgar Allison Peers, Gilmour Chair of Spanish at Liverpool for thirty years from 1922, will feature presentations by academics and some of the exhibiting artists.

`Remember Them’ opens to the public on Friday, 27 September 2013 and runs until Saturday, 1 February 2014.  Further information about the exhibition can be found at

The E Allison Peers Symposium takes place on Friday, 27 September, 9.00am to 5.00pm.  The event is free but if you wish to attend please email


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