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400 Women Tamsyn Challenger

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2011

‘400 Women’ is not easy viewing, but then, it is not intended to be. The exhibition attempts to highlight the devastation caused by the abduction and murder of thousands of women in the Mexican region of Ciudad Juárez. Over 200 hundred artists have been brought together to make portraits of just a small fraction of these missing and murdered women. Each portrait tells a highly personal story – one that invariably has an unhappy ending. The setting—a disused and dilapidated school building—adds another poignant dimension, drawing attention to the young age of many of these women and a deep sense of loss. The exhibition is not light-hearted, but successfully draws attention to gender violence in Mexico and across the globe.

Canongate Venture, 4 Aug – 4 Sep (closed Mondays), 11.00am (6.00pm), free, fpp189.
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