Neither dead nor alive
The exhibition #Invisibles is a collection of photographs, short stories and illustrations from an open competition coordinated by MasterPeace México and are currently being shown at CCU Tlatelolco
The antechamber of the show was filled with people listening to the testimony of one of the parents of the 43 missing people from #Ayotzinapa
The father of José Ángel Navarrete González has spent months roaming the highlands from Guerrero with his backpack, because just as the rest of the families of the other missing people, refuses to believe the federal government’s version of the story which holds that the students were detained by policemen from Iguala and Cocula and were turned to members of the criminal group Guerreros Unidos, to be incinerated in a trash dump in Cocula.
“The disappeared may be considered as an unrecognized hostage. His identity remains in suspicion because society thoughtlessly simplifies that the disappeared has a problem with justice and that makes him resemble a criminal”
This extract as well as the other works from the show make palpable that the conflict of the fading of the 43 people from #Ayotzinapa is more complex than what we perceive. There has been many more cases in Mexico of forced disappearance than what one can imagine.
The show revives the concern towards the grievous problems which Mexico faces, and through the perception of impactful images and stories the problem becomes personal.
Some of the words I underlined are misterio, narcoestado, terrorismo de estado, estado fallido, abarca, fosas clandestinas, hartazgo, mentiras, tortura, instituciones corruptas, escándalos, violaciones de derechos humanos, etc.
“To the mother of a disappeared, reason tells her that her child is dead but her heart indicates the opposite. The biggest pain which burdens the family of the disappeared is that their beloved one has not only disappeared but has suffered. Or remains suffering.”
The person is neither dead nor alive.