‘A Roar of Silence’ for Missing Students
A traveling exhibit arriving this week at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice intends to keep the torch of public awareness lit for 43 Mexican student activists who vanished in 2014 after state police turned them over to a drug cartel.
Following their disappearance, Oaxacan artist Francisco Toledo curated an exhibit of 43 prints and textiles addressing the tragedy for a museum in Mexico City. He also led a workshop that produced 43 kites, each displaying the face of a missing student.
Under the title “Ayotzinapa: A Roar of Silence,” these works make their U.S. debut from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at SPARC (685 Venice Blvd.), where they will remain through March 27.
“It’s never going to stop, it’s going to continue, and that’s the whole point of the exhibit,” said SPARC visiting curator Marietta Bernstorff. “From the beginning, Francisco Toledo said, ‘My whole point in making this is so that we never forget the 43 students. And here’s what they represent to all of us in the world.’”
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— Michael Reyes