During the past two years Jan’s portraits have been used by various solidarity organisations in Mexico, Europe and the USA, and Jan has collaborated with social justice activist Eréndira Sandoval Carrillo in Mexico City, who is in regular contact with the parents of the missing students and who has collected and verified the personal and family details that are the distinguishing feature of Jan’s portraits. Eréndira has arranged for banners with the portraits to be printed for the parents, and for the families each to receive a print of their missing sons. This was done on 26th of September 2015 to mark the first anniversary of the disappearances.
All the images can be viewed online here and there is also a short film, ¿Dónde Están? (Where are they?), in which Jan has collaborated with Ro Casares and Colectivo Mambotango (Mexico). Ro's song, Compañero, accompanies the images. This song was chosen by the students' families for a solidarity album called "De Vuelta a Casa”. The film was screened at Document International Human Rights Film Festival in Glasgow. The portraits have now been handed over to the parents of the students, thanks to Eréndira Sandoval Carrillo who has been liaising with he parents's on Jan's behalf, and with the support of Plantón por 43 who funded the printing. Jan's portraits opened an interdisciplinary solidarity event, Reclamo por la vedad y la justicia in Mexico, in the Kirchner Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and were shown at the Tribute to the Disappeared exhibition at the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Memorial Centre in New York. Her video has been screened in Mexico, in Zacatecas and Poza Rica, Eugene (Oregon) and in Paris. Singer, Lila Downs, projected Jan's images at a concert in the National Auditoriunm in Mexico City. The portraits form an integral part of activist Lola Martínez's daily roll call for the students, at 3pm (Mexican time) on Twitter. Follow Lola @LolaReinadelSur. Most importantly the work is now in the hands of the students' parents and is displayed in the Normal School in Ayotzinapa.The portraits are now also used by filmmaker and journalist, Epigmenio Ibarra, as part of his daily 10 pm roll call on Twitter... to follow Epigmenio @epigmenioibarra
¿Dónde están? screened at Workers Unite! Film Festival in New York, May 2016. It was screened alongside Cartel Land and Jorge Tizapa, one of the fathers of the disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, was present for the Q&A.
Jan continues to make Ayotzinapa related portraits. All the work will be exhibited at the Scottish Paliament in March 2017 and at the University of Glasgow in April 2017. If you would like to orgainise an exhibtion of the work or a screening please contact Jan.
Jan would like to thank Paul Barham, "Ere" Alma Eréndira Sandoval Carrillo, Lola Martínez, Ro Casares & Colectivo Mambotango, Billy Briggs, Jánea Estrada, Perla Flores, Gerardo Moncada, Andrea Arroyo, Nerea Bello and Plantón Nacional por 43.
Visit the Parents of Ayotzinapa Facebook page. Follow them on Twitter @PadresdeAyotzi
¿Dónde Están? (Where are they?) Jan Nimmo © from Jan Nimmo on Vimeo.
Article by Billy Briggs for the Daily Record/Sunday Mail
Ayotzinapa, la flama que no cesa: Article by Gerardo Moncada for Otro Angúlo
Jan's solidarity work for Ayotzinapa features in La Gualdra, La Jornada Zacatecas' cultural supplement.
To arrange solidarity screenings and exhibitions contact Jan
Feature on The Ferret website: A Tribute to Mexico's' Disappeared Amidst Demands for the Truth
Versión en español.
¿Dónde Están? Jan Nimmo © from Jan Nimmo on Vimeo.