Installation: Forty-Three Days 43 Names

Nov. 21, 2014

Forty-Three Days 43 Names

November 21, 2014 – January 5, 2015

This project by Las Vegas based artist Javier Sanchez (UNLV Art alumni, BFA) is in conjunction with the UNLV Barrick Museum in solidarity with the disappearance of 43 students who attended the Normal University in Ayotzinapa, a rural school in the state of Guerrero Mexico.

“Forty-Three Days 43 Names” – a project by Javier Sanchez commemorating the disappearance of 43 students who attended the Normal University in Ayotzinapa, a rural school in the state of Guerrero Mexico – will be on display in the UNLV Barrick Museum lobby and auditorium beginning Saturday, November 22. The project will run for forty-three consecutive days.


On September 26, 2014, 43 students from the rural College of Ayotzinapa went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico.  According to official reports, they had travelled to Iguala that day to hold a protest against what they considered to be discriminatory hiring and funding practices by the Mexican government. During the journey to the protest, in the middle of the night, local police stopped them with open gunfire for no reason. Details of what happened during and after the clash remain unclear, according to the official investigations concluded that once the students were in custody, they were handed over to the local drug cartel Guerreros Unidos and presumably killed and burned them into ashes. Mexican authorities believe that Iguala's mayor and his wife to be the probable the masterminds behind the mass kidnapping. 

In the last past eight to ten years, drug violence, mass disappearance, and bodies found in clandestine graves has been part of Mexico’s everyday life. The war between drug cartels to gain territory to expand its power all over the country brought terror and more corruption among Mexican police and local government.

Massive protests had been held all over Mexico and in many cities around the world, protesting against violence, corruption and the insensitive way the government has been handling the Ayotzinapa case. 

The mass kidnapping of the students became the biggest political and public security scandal Mexican president had faced during his administration. It led to ongoing nationwide protests, particularly in the state of Guerrero and Mexico City. The anger against the massacre of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa, made the people of Mexico to wake up and speak out, taking the streets protesting about the impunity, poverty, and violence in the country screaming on the streets  “Ya me canse”  (I am tired), and  “Nos faltan 43”  (43 are missing).


A Memorial to Mexico’s Murdered 43 – Laura C. Mallonee, Hyperallergic, December 12, 2014 

“Forty-Three Days 43 Names” on display in the Barrick Museum lobby – Chris Sieroty, KNPR News State of Nevada, December 8, 2014

43 Days: Artist Javier Sanchez in solidarity with Mexico’s missing students – Kristen Peterson, Las Vegas Weekly, December 3, 2014 

Local artist commemorates 43 abducted Mexican students – Brett Murray, UNLV Rebel Yell, November 24, 2014