Collaborating with Amnesty International, Tamsyn Challenger has organised an exhibition by 200 artists in response to the murders of thousands of women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, “the most violent zone in the world outside of declared war zones”, synonymous with gender related crime, brutal murders and the unresolved disappearances of women, known as ‘Las Muertas de Juarez’, in an attempt to draw attention to and raise awareness of the tragic issue.After a visit to the area in 2005, Challenger became aware of the horrific situation and got the idea for the project after locals gave her postcard images of their loved and lost ones in a desperate hope that they may be found. These conjured up the idea of 400 portraits to be created by artists of the missing women, with each image being presented in the traditional ‘retablo’ format, a religious portrait widespread in the Catholic Churches of Mexico.
The aim of the exhibition is to directly confront these longstanding issues and challenge the injustices of the country’s government who continue to ignore and disregard the need to asses the treatment of women. Well known feminist artists, such as Tracey Emin and Paula Rego will be showing work and an opportunity for the public to get involved in this worthwhile project, will be open on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November. Lise Bjorne Linnert will be running sessions using multimedia practises, to embroider the names of the deceased and disappeared onto delicate labels to ensure that the women of Ciudad Juarez will never be forgotten.
The 400 Women exhibition has been curated by Ellen Mara De Wachter and will be on from 12th-30th November 2010 at Shoreditch Town Hall Basement.