27,000 Mexicans to be found
27,000 Mexicans to be found
27,000 Mexicans to be found
27,000 Mexicans to be found
27,000 Mexicans to be found

27,000 Mexicans to be found

2016 Glass Tank Gallery, Oxford, UK.

On Excess

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.

27,000 Mexicans to be found
27,000 Mexicans to be found

Performance as an expanded practice

2016
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, United Kingdom
2443 migrants to be found in the Mediterranean Sea.

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