2008 – 2009
As of my experience, my childhood memories and my own alienation, this work looks into the barbaric and silent world of violence in Colombia, where people disappear only to be found years later in mass graves -or not to be found at all. The piece consists of 9 lanterns that display images of families who are lucky enough to have their loved ones’ remains returned to them in small child-sized coffins. In bizarre, ritualized ceremonies that could resemble weddings or another celebration, the viewer witnesses the living receiving the dead. The audio, female voices trying to express their ideas or collect the thoughts, emphasizes the failure of language, a moment of speechlessness, my own inability to fathom and articulate this scenario, which is beyond my understanding.