2013 symposium

Remember Them: Artistic and Academic Responses to Femicide in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

Friday 27 September 2013

Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum, Ashton Street, Liverpool, L3 5RF


Since 1993, over 2,000 women have been murdered or have disappeared in and around Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. These deaths are often investigated poorly. Families struggle for justice, and few people outside Mexico are aware of the situation, despite the large number of victims.

This seminar marks the opening of the exhibition Remember Them at the Victoria Gallery & Museum, which displays the work of Lise Bjorne Linnert, Julián Cardona, Brian Maguire and Teresa Margolles, artists who have each responded to the issue of femicide in Ciudad Juárez.

In the morning, the artists will speak about their work, which will be followed by a screening of the documentary Blood Rising (2013), which was the closing event for the Dublin Film Festival earlier this year. Teresa Margolles will also screen her video installation Irrigación. In the afternoon, academics Nuala Finnegan, Julia Banwell, Sarah Bowskill and Niamh Thornton  will discuss the ethical response that has been produced in the wake of femicide across art, literature and film.

9.00-9.30: Registrationlise embroidery

Matthew Clough, Director of the VG&M

Dr. Chris Harris, Head of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, University of Liverpool

09.30-12.30:  In the Words of the Artists

9.30-10.15:    Lise Bjorne Linnert (Norway)

10.15-11.00:  Teresa Margolles (Mexico)

11.00-12.30:   Brian Maguire (Ireland); with a screening of the documentary Blood Rising (Mark McLoughlin, 2013)

12.30-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.00:   Professor Nuala Finnegan (University College Cork), E. Allison Peers Lecture 2013: ‘Remember Them: An Ethical Solicitation?’

15.00-15.45:  Dr. Julia Banwell (University of Sheffield)‘Unseen but not forgotten: Bodies, memory and trauma in the work of Teresa Margolles’

15.45-16.00: Coffee and Tea

16.00-16.45Dr Sarah Bowskill  (Queen’s University Belfast): Femicide, Fiction and Feminism in Literature about Ciudad Juárez’

16.45-17.30Dr Niamh Thornton  (University of Liverpool): Race, Stardom and Difference in Bordertown and The Virgin of Juárez

 17.30: Closing and Wine Reception 

 To reserve a free ticket for the event, click here. Find out more about the exhibition Remember Them here.

Images: (top left) portrait of a girl from Ciudad Juárez by Brian Maguire; (bottom right) an international collaborative art project by Lise Linnert, comprising stitched nametags to protest against the femicide.


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