Shot in Mexico: On the Impossibility of Imagining the Numbers od Dead and Disappeared (Vertical), 2014, 20 framed archival pigment prints on wallpaper
Jaki Irvine was born in 1966 in Dublin and currently lives in Dublin and Mexico. Each year, vast colonies of monarch butterflies journey 4,000 km from Canada, to winter in the mountains near Angangueo, in the Mexican state of Michoacan. Passing through the United States, they are decimated by toxic crop sprays and other dangers. Through her work, Jaki Irvine comments on the environmental issues threatening these butterflies while also drawing parallels with the dangers faced by migrant workers that result in vast numbers of deaths as they make the hazardous journey through Mexico, from Latin America into the United States.