The Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, known as the grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, formed during the Dictatorship in Argentina from 1976 to 1983. 30,000 young Argentines were killed and 500 babies were illegally adopted by the loyal family of the military government. After the establishment of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo (fighting for their disappeared children), a group of twelve grandmothers started their organization in October 1977. Their mission was to retrieve their grandchildren and bring the authorities to justice. These grandmothers were unstoppable in their protest. At protests, they brought pictures of their children and their powerful signs such as: “We will clarify and spread the truth, the whole truth, to enlighten the minds of those who still refuse to understand." The Abuelas also launched a program to inform Argentines about their right to identity throughout the investigation. Furthermore, the Abuelas were able to connect with young people by using popular culture to share information and fight for justice. Their demonstrations used theater, music, and the arts, and they emphasized the significance of historical truth in children's identity development. Finally, I wanted to honor Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo for their perseverance in seeking human rights for their loved ones and and for their resistance against injustice.
For my Wayfinder I inserted a picture of the Grandmothers marching on the street with their signs written on a white cloth. The phrase “LA PERSEVERANCIA LA CLAVE DE TODOS LOS TRIUNFOS'' means "Perseverance is the Key to All Triumphs." The reason that I picked it is because it is a quote from Estella de Carlotto, the president of the Abuelas. I found this statement to be really powerful and it represents a message the Abuelas wanted to convey to everyone. The red sign pops up among the black and white background showing strength and influence. On the back there is a collage of the Grandmothers marching on the street. I made the base with a collage of black and white photos. Afterward, I added some color pictures of some important figures in the movement. On the left side is Alicia Zubasnabar de De la Cuadra and she is the first president of the Abuelas. At the top is Estella de Carlotto. I included images of their white headscarves, which have become the Abuelas' symbols now recognized around the world. The white headscarves show their resilience, courage, and non-stop protest for justice.
Photo of Abuelas protesting from Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo website
Each day during the first week of our summit, we visited four different monument locations. We visited Chloe Bass' Soft Services on the first day, and we studied her stone memorials, rubbed the stones, and rewrote her quotes to make our own Wayfinders. The following day, we visited the University of Washington to observe the statues of George Washington, discuss the issue of racist monuments, and visually dismantled the statue with our proposed solution to the problem of racist monuments. We visited the AIDS Memorial Pathway on the third day, where we learned how many people had suffered from the epidemic. We created a map based on our memories of this experience. On the final day, we visited the Living Memorial Bonsai; this living memorial is meant to honor and commemorate Japanese ancestors and those forcibly incarcerated in WW2. I find it fascinating that there are so many different meanings and stories associated with Bonsai. Lastly, looking through my sketchbook was a great way to come up with ideas for my Wayfinder. I also discovered lots of new and interesting things.
I’m Nguyen, She/Her pronouns. I've only attend Northwest as a Junior. I love my visual art classes; This year, I took ceramics and watercolor. I recently started playing ultimate frisbee, and it was such a memorable and enjoyable experience to try a new sport. So far junior year is actually harder than I anticipated, best of luck to me in senior year ;)
I appreciate James Blake for creating all of our Wayfinders. I appreciate Connor Virzi for being such a helpful and amazing editor! Thanks mainly to Julia Freeman and Kate Boyd for your guidance and solid suggestions on my Wayfinder. I really enjoyed how it turned out.
This is a photo that I took in January while skiing with my family.