Lecture 3 “Art against Necropolitics”

Beginning in the 1990s, feminist activists and visual artists joined forces to protest feminicide (feminicidio), the targeted murders of women and girls, along the US-Mexico border. Mexican American (Chicana) artist Judithe Hernández produced her moving Juárez series in response. This talk focuses on Hernández’s work, analyzing her use of rhetorics of memorialization, including pictorial echoes of Catholic saints and deliberate invocations of indigeneity, to honor these victims of violence. While situated within the specific locale of the US-Mexico border, Hernández’s images are also in dialogue with anti-feminicide activism around the globe. Can art contest the power of necropolitics?