Nora Cortiñas

Activist Type
Human Rights

Nora Cortiñas is a prominent Argentine human rights activist, best known for her work with the Madres de Plaza de Mayo. She became involved after her son was abducted by the Argentine military dictatorship in 1977 during the Dirty War. This period, from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, was marked by widespread human rights abuses, including forced disappearances of suspected political opponents.

The Madres are famous around the world for meeting every Thursday in the central space for Argentine civil engagement, the Plaza de Mayo, where they occupy public space and walk around a fountain, reminding their government and community that urgent questions about the dictatorship remain unanswered. 

Cortiñas has been a vocal and visible figure in the fight for human rights in Argentina, advocating for justice and the memory of the disappeared. Her relentless activism and leadership have made her a significant figure in Argentina’s struggle to reckon with its past.

Artwork by
Fran Matos

I drew inspiration from the dynamic tradition of Fileteado Porteño, a cherished art form from Buenos Aires. Much like Fileteado Porteño adorns beloved objects, the details surrounding Nora represents the essence of her mission, symbolizing her pervasive impact across Argentine society. The quote "Ya no somos invisibles" beneath her likeness serves as a testament to her commitment, echoing her solidarity with marginalized women and mothers who have suffered under military dictatorship. Through vibrant imagery and symbolism, I hoped to capture Nora's unwavering resolve to uplift the voices of the oppressed and create a more equitable world.


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Buenos Aires
July 9, 1816
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