665-Seiscientos Sesenta y Cinco

April 5 – September 1, 2008, Rosenberg Library, 4th Floor Reference


Rosa Valdez

Valdez’ project was installed in the Library to coincide with Murder in the Margins: Global Systems of Exploitation, a conference organized by the Women’s Studies Department and other Departments at City College of San Francisco and by the Women’s Studies and Raza Studies. Departments at San Francisco State University.

The number 665 refers to the number of women murdered in Guatemala in 2005. Valdez says “The project aims to bear witness to these atrocities, to stand in solidarity with the friends and families of the murdered women and to denounce the legacy of impunity that has allowed thse murders to happen and to go unpunished.”

To learn more about the artist’s work go to www.rosamvaldez.blogspot.com

City College Library Resources:

Daughters of Juarez by Teresa Rodriguez, 2007
Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders, by Alicia Gaspar de Alba, 2005

“Guatemala Urged to Act on Murders,” BBC News, 2006

Bibliography/Webliography/Filmography by the Women’s Studies Department

City College Departments with Related Classes
Interdisciplinary Studies Department
Latin American Studies and Latino/a Studies Department

Women’s Studies Department


  1. Rosa Valdez’s installation is brilliant in the way it celebrates the living while mourning the loss of so many. In the tradition of great activist art, it moves us to take action. Brava!

  2. This is a great project. The dresses that are a part of the exhibit throughout the campus help bring home the tragedy of the disappearance of these young women. The exhibit clearly require a lot of care, research and work. Congratulations to those who spent so much time putting it together.

  3. Wow! congrats, a damn fine exhibite. Well okay I have not seen this iteration, but the one that I saw in Berkeley was great. A marvelous mixed media exhibit with a sure touch. And a pic of my mom was in it too!!!!

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