When the tragic disappearances of the 43 Normalista students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico, occurred in September 2014, I wanted to shed light to the issue in Milwaukee, WI. I partnered with Arts @ Large, a non-profit organization that helped me fund and execute the project. Through guerrilla and political driven art, we set up an exhibition that responded to a variety of social issues around the world. We unified creatives from different places in solidarity for the students of Ayotzinapa in a community that lacks cultural diversity. We encourage the artist and their communities to use #43VOICES whenever they uploaded content regarding the exhibition. With their help we saw a growing interest from the local community in becoming more involved. So much interest grew, in fact, that public elected officials and other organizations materialized a visit from the only surviving student to see the exhibition.
We approximated over 500 guests attended the exhibit throughout its week and a half run at the gallery. The intent of the exhibition was to educate the local youth and community of social injustices and to provoke open dialogues about issues that currently affect them.
With our social media campagin, we succeeded in reaching a younger audience and our hash-tag gained traction amongst high school students. We exhibited 23 high profile artist, the Nakbah Exhibit, and involved the local youth by extending the opportunity to a group of Milwaukee public high school students. With their participation, we gathered a total of 43 artist.