We are the voice of the 43 murdered Mexican students of Ayotzinapa.
On September 26, 2014, 43 male students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. According to official reports, they commandeered several buses and traveled to Iguala that day to hold a protest at a conference led by the mayor’s wife. During the journey local police intercepted them and a confrontation ensued. Details of what happened during and after the clash remain unclear, but the official investigation concluded that once the students were in custody, they were handed over to the local Guerreros Unidos (“United Warriors”) crime syndicate and presumably killed. Mexican authorities claimed Iguala’s mayor, José Luis Abarca Velázquez, and his wife María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, masterminded the abduction.
On march 4th 2015, on the day I was born, I celebrated Freedom of Expression once again with an homage to the 43 Mexican students of Ayotzinapa, believed to have been kidnapped, killed and burnt by a drug cartel with the implication of their Mexican Government with their accomplice silence. Unfortunately, this happens more than we think. We gave them a voice and presence in this artistic and peaceful protest in front of the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles.
The names of the 43 students were written on my body. I cut the Mexican Flag in 43 pieces, which I burnt and stained with innocent blood. I also burnt the papers with the names of the 43 students as a symbolic gesture of what its been done to them. I used the pieces of flag to clean all the blood around me. Photos By Mauricio Robles
Video of the my interview in International Hispanic news Telemundo about the cruel and horrendous killing and burning of the 43 Mexican Students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico.
Press Realease: World-Renown International Artivist Performes Nude Outside Los Angeles
Mexican Consulate in Solidarity with Abducted Ayotzinapa Students on March 4th, at 3:30 p.m.
The performance’s aim is to heighten awareness about the 43 missing students in the Ayotzinapa case; to expand collective consciousness and shed light on these grave atrocities within the American mainstream.
Within the last 3 years, Jil Love’s social movement project Love Revolution has garnered worldwide critical acclaim. A Hollywood-based artist, activist, and filmmaker originally hailing from Tarragona, Spain, Love launched her Love Revolution movement during the height of the 2012 Spanish Riots in Madrid. Her performances seamlessly merge key elements of performance art and activism to provoke and engage the general public, often inciting divisive discourse between fans and critics alike upon their emergence.
A photo of Love’s artivist performance in solidarity with Catalonia’s independence was not only selected as one of the “Photos of the Day” by The Washington Post, but was ultimately chosen by The Wall Street Journal as one of their “Year in Photos, 2014”. Both Nation of Change and
True Activism also selected her artivist performance-protests to raise collective Western consciousness about the ongoing Palestinian genocide as number 3 in their lists entitled “18 of the Most Creatively-Amazing Protests Ever!”. In addition to these recent achievements, her artistic methods of passive resistance have been adopted by fellow activists and artists, inspiring thousands worldwide.
The artivist’s latest performance, scheduled to take place on her birthday March 4th 2015, will be her next contribution to her Love Revolution project. Developed months ago in the aftermath of the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Love’s intention is to shed further light on the case which has recently been dismissed by Mexico’s Attorney General Jésus Murillo Karam in spite of immense national and worldwide backlash.
The Ayotzinapa case is currently still open and families of the missing students—as well as their supporters—are demanding an investigation of the Mexican military’s possible involvement with the crime. Although largely forgotten in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo assassinations and other prominent sociopolitical incidents, Jil Love’s main intention is to help spread and expand consciousness about the Ayotzinapa case within the American mainstream. As with previous performances, she intends to use her nude body as an instrument to help her in accomplishing this task. We’re additionally aiming to have 43 volunteers to represent each of the 43 missing students, a few members of The East Los Angeles Brown Berets will be in attendance to express their solidarity, and actor Miguel Ángel Rodríguez as well. We invite you to attend this engaging, provocative event.