I have spent a lot of time in Mexico. I adore the beautiful country and the amazing people. The forty-three students from Ayotzinapa Normal School who were attack by Police and then disappeared from Iguala, Mexico on September 26, have been in my thoughts. It is believed that the young people were kidnapped and executed by a local drug cartel. This terrible event has weighed heavy on my heart and my love goes out to the families of those effected by this tragedy.
The people of Mexico are going through a tremendous amount of heart break, but this is also bringing out their courage. They have let their voices be heard as they have called for the resignation of their President Peña Nieto.
As the protests continue in the streets of Mexico City and other cities and pueblos around the country, today was a day of sad reality. The first remains of one of the students, Alexander Mora Venancio, were confirmed today to be found at the bottom of a river. This was confirmed with DNA testing from a bone found at the bottom the river.
I have been sketching images of each of the students in my sketchbook for the past couple months. I will be sharing those soon. In the meantime, I share this poster and typographic stencil I have designed in remembrance of the Ayotzinapa 43. It is my hopes that this image will be used to remember each of the students and bring global attention to this tragic event and begin the conversations and actions to prevent the corruption and silence that has contributed to these type of atrocities.