José Eduardo Bartolo Tlatempa

Yo, Jan Nimmo, Glasgow Escocia, quiero saber dónde está José Eduardo Bartolo Tlatempa. Digital Collage: © Jan Nimmo

Yo, Jan Nimmo, Glasgow, Escocia, quero saber dónde está José Bartolo Tlatempa. Digital Collage: © Jan Nimmo

Yo, Jan Nimmo, Glasgow, Escocia, quero saber dónde está José Bartolo Tlatempa. Digital Collage: © Jan Nimmo

José Eduardo, the son of a bricklayer, comes from Tixtla, Guerrero and is a first year student at the Escuela Normal “Raul Isidros Burgos” in Ayotzinapa. He was 19 years old when he was disappeared alongside 42 of his fellow students on 26th September 2014 in Iguala. There is more background information on “Caso Iguala” and why I am making these artworks in a previous post.

I have translated the following from an article by Rosa Emilia Porras Lara for El Milenio Digital to give some background on José Eduardo’s family:

Mexico City, 6th October 2014

The mother of José Eduardo Bartolo Tlatempa asks, over and over again “Where is my son?”. None of her family dare to tell her that no one knows.

José Eduardo Bartolo Tlatempa, a first year student at the Normalista Teacher Training School in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, is one of 43 students who were disappeared on 26th September 2014.

In an interview with El Milenio newspaper, Aunt Ana Celi tells of how Eduardo’s mum isn’t aware that her son has been disappeared.

“My sister is in hospital because she has cancer. She doesn’t know what’s happening, none of us dare tell her that Eduardo hasn’t appeared since he went to Iguala. She simply asks, “Where is my son?” to which we reply, “With us”.

Eduardo’s aunt was in Mexico City the previous Friday, as part of a delegation that was received by Luis Enrique Miranda, Vice-Secretary of the Interior Ministry, to ask for his support in the search to locate the whereabouts of students.

Ana Celi says that Eduardo left for school as usual on the 26th. He said he was going to Iguala to collect funds so that they could go on the march on the 2nd October (to commemorate the 1968 student massacre in Mexico City).

“Friday 26th was the last time we saw Eduardo. The plan was that they were going to communities around Iguala the following week, and for that reason they also needed money.”

Ana Celi, is sure that the municipal police started to follow the young students as soon as they started collecting money.

“The students who got away alive have said that the police followed them all the time and didn’t let them out of their sight, and when the students were leaving, the police attacked them with without any motive. Many of those who were injured are critically ill as they were shot in their vital organs and we want justice for them”.

Eduardo’s aunt directly accuses the municipal police in Iguala and also organised crime gangs for the disappearance of the students.

“Of course those who are involved in organised crime are behind this, as well as the Mayor of Iguala; they are all linked to one another. They have done this because it doesn’t suit them to have educated young people around.”

Ana Celi insists, “We know that they are alive, probably badly beaten and for that reason they don’t want to show them”.

Article ends. Original article in Spanish here.

Since then I understand that Eduardo’s mother’s cancer has been in remission. The whereabouts of the students is still unknown with one exception – Alexander Venancio Mora – whose remains were identified (from a 1cm fragment of bone and a molar found in Cocula) by Argentinian forensic scientists.

You can see a short video report with the families by James Fredrick for The Guardian here.







Carlos Lorenzo Hernández Muñoz


Yo, Jan Nimmo, Glasgow, Escocia, Quiero saber dónde está Carlos Lorenzo Hernández Muñoz. Digital Collage: Jan Nimmo ©

My latest tribute to the Normalista students from the “Raul Isidro Burgos” teacher training school, Ayotzinapa, disappeared on the 26th Sept in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico.

© Jan Nimmo




Tribute to Alexander Mora Venancio

I, Jan Nimmo, Scotland, wanted to know the whereabouts of Alexander Mora Venancio. He was in Cocula. Digital Collage: Jan Nimmo ©

I, Jan Nimmo, Scotland, wanted to know the whereabouts of Alexander Mora Venancio. He was in Cocula. Digital Collage: Jan Nimmo ©

Alexander Mora Venancio, was 19 years old and was studying at the Normalista School “Raul Isidro Burgos”, in Ayotzinapa when he was disappeared on 26th September alongside another 42 students. Alexander likes to play football for his local team in El Pericón and was well thought of in his community. He is described as a boy who was polite and respectful of his elders. He is from a poor family and he desperately wanted to become a teacher.

Alexander is from Pericón, in the municipality of Tecoanapa, Guerrero. One of his brothers works as an agricultural worker on a vineyard in Sonora. He had three brothers and his mother died two years ago. His father, Ezequiel Mora, is a taxi driver.

His nickname is “la Roca” because of his perseverance and determination.

“They have taken everything from me and I don’t want other people to suffer the same and I will continue to fight, so that this miserable government does everything possible, and because there are so many “disappeared” people and no-one does anything about it”, said Ezequiel Mora, Alexander’s father to Mexican newspaper El Proceso.

Abel García Hernández and Alexander Mora Venancio


Yo, Jan Nimmo, Glasgow, Escocia, quiero saber dónde está Abel García Hernández. Digital Collage: Jan Nimmo ©

I made this piece if work on Friday but haven’t managed to post it till now. It is part of an ongoing series of works I am making for #IlustradoresConAyotzinapa, in support of the 43 disappeared Normalista students from the “Raul Isidro Burgos” School in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero Mexico.  Today I awoke to the awful news that Alexander Mora Venancio’s remains were identified by the Argentinian forensic scientists, who have been examining charred human remains in a riverside rubbish dump in Cocula. All that was left to identify Alexander by was a fragment of bone and tooth.

Alexander, was a native of El Pericón,Tecuanapa in southern Guerrero.

I am so sad for Alexander’s family, friends and compañeros and I want them to know that today, in this small corner of Scotland, someone shed tears for Alexander and for Mexico; a country in mourning.

UPDATE – 2017 – This evidence has now been discredited.

Yo Cristian Garrido, quiero saber donde está Alexander Mora. Illustration: Cristian Garrido.

Yo Cristian Garrido, quiero saber donde está Alexander Mora. Illustration: Cristian Garrido.




The Road to Drumleman (Jan Nimmo: 50 mins)


The Road to Drumleman tells the story of Kintyre’s last coal mine, The Argyll Colliery (1947–1967), the most remote coal mine in Scotland. Almost no physical traces of the mine remain and now it is hard to imagine that the well run mine thrived just behind spectacular Machrihanish Bay.

When artist Jan Nimmo’s father and former Argyll Colliery shot firer, Neil Nimmo, died, Jan realised that there was an urgency to gather the stories of the remaining miners. Through their personal narrative the film gives an insight into working life 50 years ago; of its hardships and camaraderie. The stories span the life of the mine and pay tribute to all of the men who worked invisibly beneath the wild and unspoiled shores of western Kintyre.

“The Road to Drumleman is a tribute to the miners of Argyll Colliery and a rich oral history of a hidden Scotland. Not just Kintyre, but the whole country is enriched by this moving, witty, compassionate landmark film”. Gerry Loose.