April 2015: According to a 2012 report, it was estimated that in the United States a Black person was killed by police, security guards, or vigilantes every 28 hours. The accuracy of this statistic has been called into question but the prevalence of police-involved deaths of Black people has been a rallying point for activists and organizers in the wake of Mike Brown’s death.
In Ayotzinapa, Mexico 43 student activists went missing on September 26th, 2014. Mexican police have been implicated in their disappearance. The remains of one student have been found, but the whereabouts of the 42 others is still unknown.
These two instances, have incited mass mobilizations in the U.S., Mexico, and other locations globally and raise questions about whose lives matter and what justice looks like when the state is involved in the deaths and disappearances of its own citizens. This exhibit “28, 43” highlights how people have mobilized in response to Ferguson and Ayotzinapa and seeks to make connections between seemingly disparate occurrences.