THINK AGAIN (S.A. Bachman + David John Attyah)
First edition 2002, 2nd edition 2012
Hello/Hola links the rape and murder of over 370 unidentified women in Ciudad Juarez (and Chihuahua) to the structural effects of NAFTA and intergovernmental relations between the USA and Mexico. It connects the flow of international capital and multinational corporations search for cheap labor to the flow of women’s lives.
Many of the victims in Ciudad Juarez were maquiladora (factory) employees and many remain unidentified. Hello/Hola acknowledges the lost identities of these women. It uses the recurring blank nametag, manufactured by Avery, one of the maquiladoras operating in Juarez. The color blue references the factory worker’s uniforms, as well as “black and blue” bruises.
More than half of the murders in Juarez were prompted by motives of domestic violence, robbery and gang wars, while a more than a third involved sexual assault. Gender-based violence is the most crucial public health crisis for women across the globe. Women are more likely to be injured or die from male violence than from cancer, accidents, and war combined.
In 2010, the United Nations created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. This was a historic step in accelerating the organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
THE ARTISTS ASK THAT YOU PICK UP A POSTCARD PRE-ADDRESSED TO UN WOMEN AND VOICE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN.