The 31k project (31,000 Portraits for Peace)
Photographer Diego Huerta is currently working on a personal project to photograph 31,000 people who want to spread the message of peace for Mexico. The 31k project (31,000 Portraits for Peace) represents the more than 31,000 deaths in Mexico as a result of the ongoing drug wars. The objective is to create a visual catalog in order to comprehend the breadth of 31,000 human lives lost. Huerta photographs people regardless of the color of their skin, social status, religion or political beliefs.
Huerta has travelled and currently lives in the 31 states of Mexico, photographing people in the states of Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Durango, Chihuahua, Oaxaca, and the country's capital, Mexico City, but the first portraits for peace were taken here in the U.S, specifically in Austin. The portraits have been enlarged and placed in the most violent streets of Mexico in order to provide an urban intervention to the violence. The first urban intervention happened in the border town of Ciudad Juarez the first week of May, but the objective of the 31k project is to deliver the same statement in 20 of the most violent cities of the country of Mexico and later in other locations to spread awareness.
Mexic-Arte Museum will feature the 31k project (31,000 Portraits for Peace) from January 27-April 1, 2012 in the main galleries of the Museum and on the5th street exterior walls of the building. Mexic-Arte Museum will be the first formal art space where the work will be featured, and with the assistance of Capital Metro the portraits will also be placed throughout Austin and featured on city buses. For more information please see 31kproject.com or contact Director of Programs, Claudia Zapata at firstname.lastname@example.org.