27,000 Mexicans to be found
2016 Glass Tank Gallery, Oxford, UK.
Photos by Ian Wallman.
More than 79,000 people have disappeared in Mexico, most of them since 2006. It’s the worst crisis of the disappeared in Latin America since the Cold War, when military-backed governments kidnapped and secretly killed their leftist opponents — an estimated 45,000
in Guatemala, up to 30,000 in Argentina, as many as 3,400 in Chile. And Mexico’s numbers keep rising.
*Mary Beth Sheridan is a correspondent covering Mexico and Central America for The Washington Post.
The title of this action ’27 Mexicans to be found’ aims to be read as a positive phrase, a sentence that opens possibilities to find the victims, but the number of missing people increases every year and this unexpected change in quantity makes the title of the work obsolete. The performance can be repeated in different places and with a different quantity of numbers and cipher of numbers in the title.
Performance as an expanded practice
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, United Kingdom
2443 migrants to be found in the Mediterranean Sea.