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Women, Drug Trafficking and Art

Women, Drug Trafficking and Art

Women, Drug Trafficking and Art

Women, Drug Trafficking and Art

Women, Drug Trafficking and Art

Women, Drug Trafficking and Art

Women, Drug Trafficking and Art

Women, Drug Trafficking and Art

Women, Drug Trafficking and Art

Women, Drug Trafficking and Art

Women, Drug Trafficking and Art

Fernando Pertuz, 2013-12-21

The female body has repeatedly been the object of violence… Her vagina has been used to transport cocaine, heroin, dollars, euros, firearms, cell phones and information.

A lack of both education and labour opportunities, the internal violence in many regions, a chauvinistic or excluding society and the dangers in our houses, districts and cities, can all be factors that have caused many women to be involved in national and international illegal trafficking.

Thousands of Latin American and foreign women are jailed in diverse countries without the drug dealers themselves, or their accomplices falling into the hands of the law.

Heroin filled implants are an example; false bellies continue to be used to transport cocaine; anuses and vaginas are used to bring money, to remove drugs or to bring whatever is needed to the jails.

The presence of the Mexican performance artist Ruth Vigueras Bravo with her work entitled De Ánima presented in Bolivar Square in Bogota City across the street from the Congress of the Republic, refers to the topic of a woman’s body used for illegal trafficking. It’s well known to everyone how the Colombian woman, Mexican, Latin American and women from all around the world have been used like transport in this way; involving the use of unemployed youngsters, adults and professionals from countries damaged by economic crisis forcing people to sell their bodies and their own lives.

“A partly site-specific work about the issue of drug trafficking, corruption and violence throughout countries such as Colombia and Mexico. In Bolívar square in Bogotá-Colombia, protests occur and massacres have been committed; I made an Ave María re-contextualisation such as one used in funeral prayers, to give eternal life to the dead spirits taken by some violent situations” says Ruth Vigueras Bravo in her statement.

The words pronounced by Ruth shout out… Pray for him, pray for her, pray for them. These words are united by a sound produced by eggs crashing against the ground in the main square of the capital city of Colombia. Everything takes place in front of the institutional congress building where the laws that must protect the town and guarantee a worthy life for all are decided upon, laws to guarantee a life without racism, exclusion, with rights and equality for each member of the community.

The art and the sensitivity of this woman call our attention to a situation that is persisting. This situation is one where children are used for prostitution in all corners of the planet, until civilised society from the constructs a model that allows us to live in the best world that we deserve.

The artists says: “The soul is the archetype image of the eternal. Eternal life is the dream of mankind, I pray for the blessed purgatory souls and their eternal rest; another utopian image. Prayer is expressed through the use of red eggs, symbols of dissipated life, a candle is introduced into the vagina as a metaphor for human existence, a candle for the dead souls as is part of Mexican traditions.”

The victims of the trafficking and their collateral damage are not in any statistics, nor will the truth about them ever come to light. We are all truly guilty as individuals of societies that allow our children, young people or mothers to finish up on the streets, in brothels or selling their bodies, while the intellectual actors in society distribute their millions into politicians hands’ and to state organisations in order to protect their crimes.

A country that does not make companies and a country that invests in wars rather than in education, health, housing or employment will be a country condemned to be overrun by mafias, multinationals, politicians, corruption and violence.

There it is. Responsibility, ethics and aesthetics are united, a shout to society to awake and to not continue to allow its human beings to be in the middle of wars and economic fights that never benefit them.

We cannot hide the problems and try to pretend that everything is very well. Human trafficking is constant. Girls of the south prostitute themselves to men from the north and those of the north to men from Europe; the boys and girls of the working class are used like mules having ingested capsules.
If we allow that the young are robbed, sold and exported, that sex tourism is offered and our lives and bodies have a price, what can we expect for tomorrow?

Photo Documentation: Tzitzi Barrantes and Foto Archivo Mundial de Performance

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