Albuquerque, New Mexico

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A Prayer for Juarez and West Mesa: Honoring the Disappeared


Dominique & Theis

1022 Carlise, SE
Albuquerque, NM

MARCH 20, 2010
6-8 pm

GALLERY 1022 will be open Saturdays in March, 1-5 pm and by appointment, please call 505 242-6114 for details or


A Prayer for Juarez and West Mesa

Albuquerque, NM, 02/25/2010

In just a couple days we will begin our Ritual of Mourning for the lost girls and young women of Juarez and West Mesa.

At the full moon, February 27-28th, we will start this three part installation, a work in progress at the main site on Rio Grande Blvd., Gallery 1022 and The Center for Peace and Justice

We expect the installation will take some time to set up, it may get blown around, and other unexpected issues may arise.  This will be part of the experience, part of the metaphor for this ritual installation.

If we have a rainstorm from Mother Nature this Saturday it will be rescheduled for next weekend.

March 1st we will install Tree-leaning Woman at the Center for Peace and Justice at noon, please stop by if you would like to help.

March 1-5, set up at Gallery 1022

March 6, A Prayer for Juarez and West Mesa opens at Gallery 1022.

March 6, Judith Kidd will set up a group piece at The Center for Peace and Justice. 

March 15th, new moon, we will begin preparation for ceremony, writing the names of the girls and the young women, please let me know if you would like to be involved with this ritual.

March 20th, opening at Gallery 1022, 1022 Carlisle, SE 6-8 pm

March 21st, Ceremony with the names, 2 pm
Open Space on Rio Grande Blvd.
next to Vigil's Saddle Shop
8008 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

Tuesday, March 30th, full moon, closing/ pick up of all works.

More to come, thanks to everyone for your generous hearts and hands.




Even women who should know better say:
well she was drunk, or
she lost her shoes,
or she was on drugs,
or she was promiscuous, or
what WAS she wearing?
or her mother was irresponsible
or she was too beautiful
too trusting
too open

She wasn’t MY daughter
Thank God, she wasn’t my daughter

Well she is your daughter.

She’s the one with the freaky dyed hair, or she’s standing on the corner with a cardboard sign and a little dog, she’s wearing a t-shirt,  soccer shorts, a military uniform, a bathing suit, a prayer shawl, a veil and high heels, she’s in a church pew dozing off, she’s getting Batmitzvahed, casting a circle, building a sand castle… she’s on a bus, riding the subway, driving too fast, driving too slow, she’s holding your hand, she’s shaved her head, pierced her lip.. she’s making Nikes in a factory, bagels at a bakery, she’s in your face at the protest, broke her personal best, broke the bank, broke the colt, she’s smoking a cigarette, getting drunk, getting high, eating ice cream, eating rice, or junk food at the mall. Or she’s got nothing, nothing at all.

She’s been sold, she was raped, she was murdered, mauled by shrapnel, poisoned by pesticides, killed by a drunk driver, she was strangled at a concert and stuffed behind a coke machine.

She’s the one,
who lives in your house,
on your street
belongs to your church
goes to your school
works in your office

she’s your sister
she’s your daughter
she’s your mother

she’s your
she’s your
she’s your life


What does it mean to be human? What is this rock we stand on, that grows our food, makes the water we drink and the air we breathe? What is in your heart?  What does it mean to love another, every other? What does it mean to create? To care? What is beauty? What are you? What are you going to do about it? What, what are you going to do about the magic that there is all around you, every minute of your little life?

She’s your
She’s your

She’s your life

by Bobbe Besold 



Look in the mirror
my pretty one
look at your hair
so thick and shiny
so bouncy and full of life
like you are
bouncy and full of life

Look in the mirror
my dear sweet child
look at your eyes
clear and bright
flashing with fun, shining -
sometimes with tears
so eager to see it all

Look in the mirror
my darling girl
look at your mouth
pink and pouting,curling
so easily into a smile
fountain of laughter
of sass and sweetness
and always with ready kisses

Look past the mirror
beloved daughter
look into your heart
so filled with love
enthusiasm, expectation
rushing through your veins
caring compasion
sitting gently in your soul

You are so late
coming home tonight -

Where are you?

K. M. White
for "A Prayer for Juarez"


The piece in this photo will be installed leaning on a tree in front of The Center for Peace and Justice; it was done in collaboration with twenty women on February 20th, 2010. 

She is covered with the names of the missing from Juarez and here in Albuquerque on the West Mesa.

"What is the basic nutrition of the soul? Well, it differs from creature to creature... For some women air, night, sunlight.... For others word, paper and books...Yet others crave only a tree-leaning peace."  Clarissa P. Estes from her book, Women Who Run With the Wolves.


March 1-31, 2010
A Sculptural Installation, Albuquerque, NM

Dear Friends,
In March 2010, there will be a series of events in Mexico City, Mexico, Los Angeles, California, and other cities, meant to be a ritual of mourning for the femicides in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua: Art as a pathway of opposition and resistance to violence. We invite you to be part of this art installation, this invitation is open to all individuals, organizations and artists.

In the spirit of the Cuban- born American artist, Ana Mendieta, we would like all works to be created of the female form, life size “earth-bodies” in found natural materials and recycled matter including, mud, leaves, and branches. We will be installing these works in outdoor locations in and around Albuquerque.

Please consider that the weather, wind, rain and exposure to the elements will effect how the pieces hold up in your construction. On site creations will be considered to be installed during the first week of March. Artists will be responsible for delivery and pick up of their pieces at the start and conclusion of the month of March 2010. We will be coordinating a public ceremony on the first day of spring, Sunday March 21st.

Please contact for any specifics or additional information.
A Prayer for Juarez/Prospectus: Honoring the Women of Juarez and the West Mesa

"But precisely because my body can shut itself off from the world, it is also what opens me out upon the world and places me in a situation there. The momentum of existence towards others, towards the future, towards the world can be restored as a river unfreezes."
Merleau-Ponty, The Phenomenology of Perception, pg 190