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"Since 1993, 14,525 murders have been committed in Ciudad Juarez bordering on the United States, of which 1,248 have victimized women. Most of these crimes against men, women and children remain unpunished." Extract from Men and Women of Juarez, Julian Cardona, Mexico, 2012 Since 2009 Brian Maguire has travelled on a number of occasions to Ciudad Juárez in Mexico. Described as the most violent city on earth, this is a place where the most heinous of crimes are often met with impunity. On a journey to uncover and bring to international attention the endemic injustices and cyclical nature of the violence that occurs in this place, Maguire has involved and collaborated with a number of artists, journalists and human rights activists. This exhibition has brought together five artists, who through their practices challenge the absence of humanity that allows for these conditions to continue. The Portraits by Brian Maguire are of young women who have been violently murdered. Painted from images given by each woman's family, for each portrait that you see at VISUAL, a further portrait sits in the home of her family in Mexico. The title of each painting tells the story of each woman, and in some cases, child.
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