Mexiacan Murals - Honoring the Departed

in murals •  13 days ago 

It's getting close to the Day of the Dead, so I feel it is the appropriate time to post a mural I have come across a while ago, not far from where I live. It is located on the corner of Av José Martí and Priv. Heredia in the Tacubaya neighborhood.

The mural itself is very simple: it shows the portraits of five people, complete with their names, on a background covered with flowers, and the occasional hummingbird and butterfly. Instead of the artist's tag, there is only a lettering indicating collective mural, the year 2019, and the Twitter hashtag NarvateHeridaAbierta. This is the only clue about these people and why they appear in the mural.

The Open Wound of Narvarte

As a brief search reveals, the Narvarte Case was the homicide of these five in an apartment in the Mexico City neighborhood Narvarte, in 2015. The victims were activist Nadia Vera, model Mila Virginia Martín, make-up artist Yesenia Quiroz, domestic worker Olivia Alejandra Negrete, and the photojournalist Rubén Espinoza Becerril. All five were killed execution-style by a gunshot in the head. Even though the case has been open for the last four years, many people believe that it will remain open indefinitely, a typical case of Mexican impunity.

As a result, many marches and demonstrations have been inspired by this case, including this mural. Let's appreciate this mural not only for the aesthetic appeal it gives to this street corner, but first and foremost for the message it is supposed to send. May these victims be remembered, and their perpetrators brought before a fair trial.

As the dedication says: "In memory of those who are dear to us, to lovingly remember and commemorate their lives."

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Oh man, glad to see Latinamerican people raising their voice. The country is filled with an unlimited supply of cultural surprises.

Corruption is a fucking disease there!

There's yet a lot to be done. Keep walking tall!

Oh yes, standing tall and not shutting up, that's what people have to keep doing! Unfortunately it still seems like it's not enough... But certainly better than not doing anything.
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A publication with a very impressive plot, this case is very rare, hopefully it will not go unpunished and investigate well. Very beautiful mural to remember the people who died. Great job brother.

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