Santa Clara University students have created an art installation to honor the 43 students who disappeared in Iguala, Mexico in 2014 and are believed to be dead.
Excerpt NBC news.
The Santa Clara University art instillation includes 43 silhouettes, one to represent each student who went missing. The Santa Clara University students who built the effigies hope their work will breathe new life into the investigation.
“I think if we forget, it’s a lost cause,” said Associate Dean Stephen Lee. “Best we can do is bring attention to such events.”
The art exhibit, with a slogan of “43 students like you,” was mounted in front of Mission Santa Clara de Asis and includes tidbits on each of the men, one of whom has a parent who lives in San Jose.
The installation is slated to be on display through Jan. 15.
From its Facebook:
The campus community gathered for the art installation of 43 silhouettes on Ignatian Lawn, honoring the 43 students in Mexico who disappeared in September 2014 while in police custody.
Please join us throughout the month as SCU, in collaboration with Montalvo Arts Center, presents XLIII: A Contemporary Requiem to honor victims of violence worldwide.
Mexico’s attorney general said last year that an investigation found that they had died, though only one students’ DNA has been recovered.
The students, who attended the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College in Ayotzinapa, were traveling to Iguala to organize a protest and were stopped by police. The official investigation into the students’ disappearance concluded that they were handed off to a drug cartel and murdered, and their bodies incinerated.
According to some reports, the police were operating under orders from a corrupt mayor, José Luis Abarca Velázquez and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa. The students had planned to protest an event at which Pineda Villa was speaking.
Abarca and Iguala’s police chief were both detained in connection with the investigation, but the students’ disappearance, and the federal government’s seemingly slow response, has generated major protests in Mexico and abroad.