'Tribute to the Disappeared' Exhibition to Open at CUNY on 2nd Anniversary of Night 43 Students Went Missing in Mexico

Shubho Saha (Bangladesh) "Impression of Inexpressive Actions".  Mixed media.
Shubho Saha (Bangladesh) "Impression of Inexpressive Actions". Mixed media.
Vanessa Gonzalez (US) "The 43." Communion Wafers, Screenprint.  Mixed media.
Vanessa Gonzalez (US) "The 43." Communion Wafers, Screenprint. Mixed media.
  • Andrea Arroyo

    Andrea Arroyo

The Halls at Bowling Green Gallery at the Center for Worker Education, The City College of New York (CCNY), CUNY, will present Andrea Arroyo’s “Tribute to the Disappeared,” an exhibition in honor of the thousands of men and women who have disappeared in Mexico, and other victims of injustice around the world. The exhibition will be on view from September 26-October 31, 2016, and is presented in partnership with CCNY's Human Rights Forum, and Frances S. Patai Program in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies.

This exhibition will feature a selection of printed images sent by over 300 artists from around the world, and it will also include a community participation component. The exhibition opens to the public on September 26 to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students from the Teachers College in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, on September 26, 2014.

“Tribute to the Disappeared” is an ongoing art project in honor of the over 26,000 women and men who have disappeared in Mexico, and other victims of injustice around the world. The project, created in 2014, is curated by visual artist Andrea Arroyo.

Participants, ranging from 16 to 89-years-old, include established and emerging artists from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, who work in a variety of media (painting, drawing, collage, embroidery, video, installation, poetry, performance) as well as “non-artist” members of diverse communities.

For the project, the concept of disappearance comprises forced disappearances, as well as non-literal disappearances carried out though injustice, invisibility, and discrimination.

“Tribute to the Disappeared” aims to create awareness about human rights abuses around the world (ie., disappearances in Juarez and Ayotzinapa in Mexico, police brutality toward communities of color in the United States, the kidnapping of almost 300 girls in Baga, Nigeria, among other cases) and to generate international solidarity.

The project has three components: an online exhibition (Website and Facebook page), a series of gallery exhibitions, and a series of community workshops.

For more information:
www.TributeToTheDisappeared.com; Facebook: TributeToTheDisappeared

About Curator Andrea Arroyo
Andrea Arroyo is an award-winning visual artist with an extensive trajectory; her artwork is exhibited widely and is in the collections of the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress. It has also been published extensively (including in The New Yorker; The New York Times) and has been the subject of over 150 features in the international media. Arroyo’s curatorial projects focus on socially relevant issues.

Past projects include: “I Have a Dream-50 Years of Change,” “September 11- Past, Present, Future,” “Art Without Borders,” and “AriZONA, Artists Respond to the Immigration Issue.” For additional information please visit: http://www.andreaarroyo.com./

This exhibition is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net. Additional support from CUNY, CCNY’s Center for Worker Education, CCNY's Human Rights Forum, and Frances S. Patai Program in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies.

 

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