No Pueden Desaparecer La Esperanza: Utopia in the Creative Tactical Repertoires of Mexico’s Ayotzinapa Movement

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 09:00
Oral Presentation
Mariel GARCIA-MONTES, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
The forced disappearance of 43 education students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, and the ensuing opaque investigation and conflict between the families of victims and the different levels of authority involved in the case, ignited an international movement that saw a proliferation of creative tactics. Through the analysis of the media practices of a youth collective of protest artists, as well as a visual analysis of their creative works, this paper argues that, in a cause with no straightforward solutions, youth activists rely on creative tactics to promote utopian views of Mexico as an identity-building outcome.