In my painting "The Message" I tried to express how messages, any kind of message, can threaten or change
our lives in a single minute. By painting a couple wrapped up in large or small envelopes held by strange characters, empty
clothes almost flying over their heads, I wanted to paint the constant menace that sorrounds individuals as well as family
groups, when they are living under repressive regimes.
Series: "Surviving Genocide"
Argentina shares with many Latin American countries a history of repression and silence. For many years the cruelest chapters
of its history were erased. No names of the massacred people remain, no markers at the places where they were buried. The
military forces took good care to hide information, delete any trace of their crimes, and avoid any attempt at criticism or
judgement of their actions. Silence, impunity, the lack of punishment of those who committed such atrocities allowed similar
episodes to happen again and again.
Between 1976 and 1983, tens of thousands of people "disappeared"
in Argentina in the name of national security, blamed for conspiring against the "Western and Christian way of life."
Secret and open impresonment, disappearances, torture, and murders committed by the military dictatorschip to eliminate their
political opposition became the tools to fight against different ideas and beliefs. More than 300 secret detention centers
were operating throughout Argentina during the years of military rule. In these concentration centers the military government
held around 30.000 people in inhumane conditions, depriving them of all comunication with their families. Most victims were
young adults and adolescents.
Not only political dissidents were kidnaped but also anybody suspected
of "treatening state security": students, journalists, social reformers, human rights activists, and often times
their spouses, family, or friends.
Most of then were physically and mentally tortured and eventually murdered.
Dismembering or annihilating families was one of the Argentinean dictatorship's goals.
By painting "Fragments" I wanted to express how the methodology of state terrorism
broke down my family
as well as all those thousands of families who endured a similar fate.
Series: "Surviving Genocide"
Anne Frank, in her book "The Diary of a Young Girl" wrote: "I simply can't imagine that
the world will ever be normal for us again." She was forteen and, this was more than a year after getting the message
that would break her life.
In 1942 she was living with her parents and sister in a Holland full
of restrictions for the Jewish people, when the SS sent a call-up notice to her father. Anne already knew what a call-up meant:
to be sent to a concentration camp. While she, her family, and some friends were hidden from the Nazis in their "Secret
Annex" for two years, she felt "in a little piece of blue heaven, sorrounded by heavy black rain clouds." In
spite of her courage and hopes to became a journalist, she could not avoid panic when she envisioned that the circle between
them and danger was closing up. She died in 1945 during an Aushwitz death march, four days before the liberation.
Anne Frank is remembered as a symbol of lost possibilities. There were thousands of young people in Germany
as well as in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, El Salvador, and other countries, who could neither fulfill their dreams, nor their
right to live, due to genocide. Most of the victims never got a chance to speak.
of them wrote diaries and poems, or painted and drew, to vent their daily torments. Anne's diary and all those writings and
art works, oftentimes anonymous, became genocide survivors. My painting "Silent Witnesses" is about those silent
yet precious and powerful testimonies
"Rebirth" is a triptych related to the children who survived the Holocaust: In spite of
such a tragedy I wanted to express hope; in spite of the Nazi's desire to eliminate an entire race, those children would generate
"Rebirth: From the Ashes" shows two boys playing in the bare ground of a ghetto and wearing
yellow stars. A girl is playing her fiddle for coins to get some bread, while another child is wrapped in rags to protect
himself from the cold. From the chimneys, instead of ashes birds are rising, as a symbol of the return of life.