Barrera, Ave; Lola Horner.
[Mexico]: Np, 2015. 1st ed. p., printed boards, square New Hardcover Winner of the 2015 Guadalajara International Book Fair's First Prize for Artists' Book. A response to femicide in Mexico, Horner and Barrera have blown up stories of violence against women taken from a variety of news sources. The violent images and graphic texts are contrasted against fifteen interleaved serigraph prints that reproduce 19th century illustrations of females depicticed as passive, leisurely and docile. Both the newspaper reproductions and prints are on translucent paper creating both transparency and obfuscation; a commentary on a society overloaded with information on brutality against women to the point of obscurity, as well as a visual conversation between the realities of violence against girls and women in Mexico as depicted in popular journalism and the book artists' interventions which appropriate antiquarian illustrations and reproduce them in thick, red ink. The closing statement includes the alarming statistics, from which the title of this work is derived: "since 2006, the year femicide became a regularly occuring crime, more than 21,000 have been killed." The edition consists of three numbered copies, with the present one being an artists' proof. Housed in a large velvet bag with an elastic opening. (Item ID: 172126)
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