The Disappeared: Public Art about the Crisis on the Border

For: Taller Yonke
Tucson, AZ
Organizer: Cristen Vernon
The Disappeared: Public Art about the Crisis on the Border (Taller Yonke)
of $2,000 goal
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Raised by 24 donors

The Story

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The Disappeared Art Project is an effort to bring attention to the crisis of death and disappearance in the borderlands. 

La Coalición de Derechos Humanos partnered with No More Deaths to document the ways that border enforcement agencies disappear border crossers on a daily basis in the series of reports: The Disappeared: How U.S. Enforcement Agencies are Fueling a Missing Persons Crisis. This art project is in conjunction with the Disappeared reports as a public mode of communication and connection between the crisis and the public.

Nogales-based artist Guadalupe Serrano Quiñonez of Taller Yonke is partnering with La Coalición de Derechos Humanos and No More Deaths to create ten life-size figures that depict migration and disappearance. The figures will be exhibited in Nogales, Sonora and then placed in various locations throughout Tucson, estimated by April 2018. Each figure will include information and the website for the Disappeared report series.

This project relies solely on individual donations and a small grant from the Arizona Commision on the Arts. Please consider donating to support the cost of materials, artist's compensation, and transportation of the art pieces.


El Proyecto de Arte de los Desaparecidos aspira traer atención a la crisis de la muerte y la desaparición de migrantes en la frontera.

La Coalición de Derechos Humanosen colaboración con No Más Muertes a documentado como la patrulla fronteriza hace desaparecer aquellos que cruzan la frontera al diario en una serie de informes llamada Desaparecidos. Este proyecto de arte está en conjunción con los informes como un modo de comunicación y conexión entre la crisis y el público. El artista Guadalupe Serrano Quiñonez, radicado en Nogales y de Taller Yonke, está trabajando con el proyecto a crear diez imágenes en gran escala que representan migración y desaparición. Las figuras serán expuestas en Nogales, Sonora, y después puestos en varios sitios en Tucson, en abril 2018. Cada figura incluirá información y la pagina web de la serie de informes “Desaparecidos.”

Este proyecto depende de las donaciones individuas y una beca pequeña de la Arizona Commision on the Arts. Por favor considera una donación para ayudar con el costo de los materiales, compensación para el esculptor , y el transporte del arte.


Additional information:

We hope that these public art works will honor missing migrants, bring awareness to disappearance caused by US border enforcement, and inspire public action. Each free-standing figure will be a different flora or fauna of the Sonoran region, each encompassing images of migration, the borderlands landscape, destruction of humanitarian aid, and other imagery depicting the crisis of disappeared migrants. We aim to place the figures (approx. 6 feet tall or wide) in public locations that will reach a wide variety community members of Tucson, especially those who would not otherwise be informed of the crisis.

La Coalición de Derechos Humanos:

Derechos Humanos is a grassroots organization that promotes the human and civil rights of all migrants regardless of their immigration status. Derechos Humanos has been focused on providing volunteers with an array of opportunities to plug into local organizing efforts, one of which was the Missing Migrant Project, whose accumulated narratives and data has helped to shape the recently published Disappeared Report.

Guadalupe Serrano Quiñonez

Serrano Quiñonez is part of Taller Yonke, an artist collective based in Nogales, Sonora—the group behind the creation of vibrantly provocative murals and art installations within the border region that simultaneously advocate for human rights, as well as challenge the very structures implemented to suffocate them. Serrano Quiñonez currently serves as the director of the Museo de Arte in Nogales, Mexico.

No Más Muertes,

No Más Muertes (No More Deaths) is a humanitarian-aid organization based in Southern Arizona. Formed in 2004, they carry on a number of direct-aid projects in the border region,: delivering water, food, and medical aid to those crossing through the most deadly areas of the Sonoran Desert; conducting community search and rescue for border crossers in distress; providing phone services to those who have been recently deported to Mexican border cities; offering a free immigration legal clinic in Tucson primarily to stop deportations; and more.

From the Disappeared report website:

The Disappeared report series is collaborative project between two Tucson-based organizations, La Coalicion de Derechos Humanos and No More Deaths.  Between Derechos Humanos’ 20 years of community work, including the 24-hour Missing Migrant Crisis Line, and No More Deaths’ 12 years of  humanitarian aid in the Arizona backcountry, we have witnessed and listened to thousands of stories of border crossings throughout Southern Arizona. Our research goals are transformative: to expose and combat those US government policing tactics that cause the crisis of death and mass disappearance in the borderlands.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 8, 2018


Posted on May 8, 2018

Don’t forget to check out the Disappeared Art Project. All the art pieces have been installed in different locations. Check out the map! A big thank you to everyone who made this possible. The locations are: Pima Community College Downtown and Desert Vista Campus, The Historic Y, Antigone Books, Borderlands Brewing, La Pilita, YWCA, House of Neighborly Services, and Fortín de Las Flores.

Click the HERE to see the photos.

No olvides de ir a ver el Proyecto de Arte de Los Desaparecidos. Todas las piezas de arte se han instalado en diferentes lugares. ¡Mira el mapa! Muchas gracias a todos los que hicieron esto posible. Las ubicaciones son: Pima Community College Downtown y Desert Vista Campus, The Historic Y, Antigone Books, Borderlands Brewing, La Pilita, YWCA, House of Neighborly Services y Fortín de Las Flores.

Haz clic AQUI para ver las fotos.

Posted on April 4, 2018


Posted on April 4, 2018

We have the opening reception scheduled for April 26th from 6-8pm at the House of Neighborly Services. CLICK HERE for more information and please share!

Posted on March 7, 2018


Posted on March 7, 2018

Thank you for your contribution! We are getting closer to our fundraiser goal and we have secured a few locations to host the art pieces! Pictured is one of the finished murals by Guadalupe Serrano Quiñonez

Gracias por su donación! Nos estamos acercando a nuestra meta de recaudación de fondos  y hemos asegurado unas ubicaciónes para exhibir los murales. En la foto es uno de los murales completos por Guadalupe Serrano Quiñonez.

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