El Paso + Juárez
When we painted in El Paso, TX we met the great artist Grave. He introduced us to the architects that hired us to paint our Greetings mural there. During down time, Grave gave us a great tour of his city that sits right on the border of Mexico. We just so happened to be there while the Pope was visiting to speak on violence happening in Juárez. Grave and his friend Vanessa took us over the bridge through the easy passing border to visit the city in Mexico that was once named in 2010 "murder capital" of the world.
While we felt safe, we couldn't help but notice pink crosses painted all over the city. For 20 years and counting, women have been disappearing with no explanation. The pink crosses are being spread throughout the city to spread awareness of this quietly kept "femicide" going on right now. The rest of the city was full of color, hand painted signs, bright fruits and smiling people. We were only in Juarez for one morning through lunch, but that time sticks out to us the most. Traveling with locals is the only way to go.