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March 25, 2010

The true content of a photograph is invisible, for it derives from a play, not with form, but with time. […]

What it shows invokes what is not shown... Understanding Photograph. John Berger, 1980, 293

On the 24th of March, Argentina commemorated the National Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice, which remembers the victims of the military dictatorship during the 1976-1983 Argentina’s Dirty War, the blackest history of Argentina and the disappearance and murder of 30,000 people.

The Argentine photographer Gustavo Germano takes these photographs from  young men and women who “disappeared” during Argentina’s Dirty War. This work articulates from the family albums previous to the military coup that captures happy moments: an excursion to the field, a wedding, and an encounter… To its side, another one, taken in 2006 visualizing the everlasting absence of family members and friends that disappeared during the Argentine military dictatorship. The photographer re-establishes the situation of old family pictures and snapshots and recreates the old image in the same scenes, with the relatives and friends, in identical position, but with the empty space of the ones that disappeared. The gaps generated by the desaparecidos outline the open wounds. The pictures above is showing Gustavo Germano and his brothers then and now.

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