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Índex, revista de arte contemporáneo

versión On-line ISSN 2477-9199versión impresa ISSN 1390-4825


JEAN, Melina Jean. Visual devices for the disappearance of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico. Índex [online]. 2019, n.8, pp.100-108. ISSN 2477-9199.

On 26 September 2014, 43 students from the Normal School “Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos” in Ayotzinapa were subjected to enforced disappearance in Iguala, state of Guerrero, México. The case had immediate local and international repercussions. Expressions of pain, indignation, but also of struggle, solidarity and empathy took place, through multiple days of action in the streets and social networks that followed each other in the months following the tragedy. In this article, we will analyze from the perspective of the studies of visual culture and the practice of artistic activism, three emerging devices of this juncture, that we consider conform since then, the most iconic and symbolic visual matrix to represent the normalistas: the number 43, the desks and the photographs of their faces.

Palabras clave : disappeared; visual devices; visual culture; artistic activism.

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