Text by Lise Bjørne Linnert (2017)
The art project "Desconocida Unknown Ukjent" is the connecting key for the collaboration and establishment of NI EN MORE.
"Desconocida Unknown Ukjent" is an international mass collaboration, embroidering nametags to protest the continuing murders of women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and in remembrance of similar crimes worldwide.
I heard about the situation in Cd. Juárez for the first time in 2000 when I was living in Houston, Texas. At the end of 2005, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston, a museum committed to a political and social agenda, invited me to participate in an exhibition dedicated to the women in Cd. Juárez,
At the time, I was living in Norway again and my immediate thought was to use the physical distance as a starting point for the work. I wanted to find a way to spread awareness about the horror happening in Cd. Juárez, and simultaneously enable a feeling of connection. In essence, abuse and murder of women are about us. It is something that has happened and continues to happen in every global society. Embroidering someone's name establishes a connection. The project is democratic and open for all. The essence is the time each participant gives.
By April 2017, close to 5000 people have embroidered 8000 labels in countries including the USA, Australia, Philippines, Pakistan, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, France, UK, Israel, on Palestinian territory, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Poland and in all corners of Norway. More than 500 workshops have been arranged. Each participant embroiders two labels; one with the name a murdered woman in Cd. Juárez; the other with unknown in their own language to memorize victims of similar crimes globally.
During the eleven years of working with "Desconocida", I have stayed in close contact with activists and organizations in Cd. Juárez. Many of whom will now be involved in our new collaboration NI EN MORE. I am grateful to end "Desconcidas" global tour in Cd. Juárez and Mexico and simultaneously initiating NI EN MORE.
NI EN MORE, NOT ONE MORE abused or murdered woman, not in Cd. Juárez and not anywhere else.
Images in slideshow by: Lise Bjørne Linnert / Barbara Hartmann