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Latino Daily News

Monday April 9, 2012

Coming Soon to the U.S. – Mexico’s Guns as Art Exhibition

Coming Soon to the U.S. – Mexico’s Guns as Art Exhibition

Photo: Guns as Art Exhibit

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An exhibition of guns as art named “A Farewell to Arms. Contraband on the Border,” will end its run at the Memory and Tolerance Museum in Mexico City on April 15th and plans to travel to the United States capital later this year.  The exhibition demonstrates how the arms trade has affected Mexico, killing as many as 50,000 people since 2006. 

One piece in the exhibit portrays children using a rifle to break a piñata, thus showing how widespread these weapons have become in the country.  A mosaic of pistols can also be seen at the exhibit spelling out U.S.A.  In Mexico’s deadliest city of Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas, many deaths have involved drug traffickers, yet as a result many civilians, journalists and human rights activists have also been killed. 

According to the Mexican government, 130,000 weapons were seized during a five year time.  Ninety percent of these weapons originated in the United States, many of which are being used in the art exhibit.