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"Marcelo Brodsky: Buena Memoria"
2002-04-18 until 2002-05-29
Gallery of Photography
The Gallery of Photography is proud to present the Irish premiere of work
by the Argentinian artist, Marcelo Brodsky. Buena Memoria (Good Memory)
is a deceptively simple, and deeply moving, exploration of State terrorism
in Argentina in the 1970s and 1980s.
The exhibition is built around a huge, blown-up copy of a school photograph
Los Companeros taken in 1967. Brodsky has marked its surface with brief
notes as to the fate of his classmates: some are married with children,
some emigrated, some went into exile, and, most chillingly, some were
'disappeared' during the Dirty War.
This series is accompanied by work that is even more personal, where
Brodsky explores the legacy of the disappearance of his brother, Fernando.
Columbia University scholar Andreas Huyssen has put into words what Brodsky
has said in images:
Mixing and layering photography, writing and video into a multimedia
palimpsest, Marcelo Brodsky's Buena Memoria conjures up memories of a
Buenos Aires High-school class and the fate of its members during and after
the Argentine military dictatorship. Brodsky's powerful memory work on the
disappeared, among them his own brother, reveals the crippling effects of
political violence on a generation. At the same time, it energizes the
public not to forget. The work is artistically challenging, deeply moving,
and politically cutting. It successfully galvanizes the artistic
representation of traumatic experience and memory with a very contemporary
political struggle for human rights
About the artist:
Marcelo Brodsky (b.1954) is an artist and human rights activist now based
in Buenos Aires after many years in exile in Barcelona. He has had solo
exhibitions in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, New York, Rotterdam, Montevideo,
Rome, Caracas, and Amsterdam and his work is represented in the collection
of the Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, the Bibliotheque Nationale,
Paris, the Joaquim Paiva Collection, the Fernando Baur Collection and
numerous private collections. He is a member of the Commission for the
Monument to the Victims of State Terrorism, Buenos Aires, and on the Board
of Directors of Buena Memoria, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to
work for human rights in Argentina. He runs Latinstock, the premier photo
agency in Latin America.