Works Memory

Her eyes were blue

"Love is a serious thing. A practice for the flesh, a responsibility for the heart." Eduardo Bleier Horovitz

I appeal to the ground that contained the hidden bones of three victims of state terrorism during the last military dictatorship in Uruguay. Using an ancient and manual photographic technique, I made a large-scale cyanotype with soil extracted from the graves of Eduardo Bleier, Julio Castro and Ricardo Blanco, disappeared. On the beach "de los ingleses" I took the photograph and developed it on the shore of the Rio de la Plata, in front of the Carlos 300 R detention and torture centre. An audiovisual documenting the creative process. With the land where their remains were found, I plant a rose bush, the glass pot allows you to see the land that hid three disappeared victims of state terrorism for more than three decades. I look for the energy left in the earth, generating an image that is a collective gear.

My gratitude to : the families of Bleier, Castro and Blanco. To the National Institute of Human Rights. To the Honorary Commission of Sites for Memory. To the forensic investigation team. To the Human Rights Prosecutor's Office. To Luis Aldabe and Zenia Toribio. To Emilio Toribio and Olira Viñas, in my memory and heart forever. Work exhibited at the EAC from 10 December 2020 in the 59th National Visual Arts Salon.

Work selected for the Salón Nacional de Artes Visuales 2020.

Infinite Garden

Handcrafted photography on wood, made without a camera, with the old cyanotype technique, intervened with oil.

The spiral is formed by direct contact between the lands of the three graves of missing victims of State terrorism: Eduardo Bleier Horovitz , Julio Castro and Ricardo Blanco. These are the lands of the sites where her bone remains were found during anthropological excavations, given to the artist by the Human Rights Institution of Uruguay.

Butia Palm (Butia capitata), Anacaguita (Cordia boissieri), Chilca (Baccharis latifolia), Plumerillo ( Calliandra tweediei), Mburucuya (Passiflora caerulea), Canelón (Myrsine laetevirens), Cow's hoof (Bauhinia forficata), Ceibo flowers (Erythrina crista-galli), old man's beard (Tillandsia usneoides), Yucca (yucca elephantipes), Viznaga ( Ammi visnaga L.). 

Art work acquisition Cabildo Montevideo.

Cyanotype on wood intervened with oil

91,5 x 1,81 cm

Blue Planet

Interpelo a las tierras que contuvieron escondidos los huesos de tres víctimas de terrorismo de Estado durante la última dictadura militar en Uruguay. Con las tierras que escondieron sus cuerpos durante más de tres décadas, siembro un jardín en el Museo de la Memoria de Montevideo. Con una técnica fotográfica antigua y manual, realizo cianotipos de gran escala. Busco la energía que quedó en la tierra, generando una serie de imagenes que son engranaje colectivo.

Eduardo Bleier Horovitz, a Jew, a communist, kidnapped in 1975, and a friend of my grandfather, was found in 2018. From then on I began to investigate the concept of land as a memory archive and after two years of bureaucratic and judicial requests, the The Human Rights Institution of Uruguay gave me land from Eduardo's grave, Julio Castro's grave and Ricardo Blanco's grave.

Blue Planet Blue Planet is the name of the garden that I plant in the Museum of Memory in Montevideo, a site specific, an artistic laboratory in a place of memory, a garden that is proposed as a space for active contemplation, where we can sit and watch, plant, feel the embrace of the flowers that they could not cut.

Each plant that is integrated is a collective performative act, each one contains a land of those lands, which are an archive. Relatives of victims, human rights defenders, girls and boys from schools and the neighborhood, bring their plant, perform their ritual. I take care of each plant, I make a herbarium. With those flowers, leaves, earth, I create images by direct contact between the photographic emulsion and the botanical objects, creating traces.

Usando una de las primeras técnicas fotográficas, la cianotipia, sin cámara y por contacto directo, creo huellas de las tierras y su jardín. La cianotipia es una técnica del 1840, muy usada para la copia de planos en arquitectura e ingeniería, elijo esta técnica porque propongo la memoria como cimiento de nuestra sociedad. Las líneas generadas por los dibujos de luz de esas huellas botánicas se imponen con su belleza ante el olvido, esas líneas de la memoria cuyo origen son los tallos de las plantas crecidas en el jardín, sostienen nuestras libertades.

In Uruguay, this is the first space in homage to our found disappeared, remembering them planting flowers with the land of the excavations is to plant a future. They are proof of clandestine burials, this land kept them hidden but also spoke, and may still have a lot to say and it is necessary to ask them, with all possible languages. Although art does not ridicule through aesthetic experience, remembering is a vital action, as is planting.

Wisteria, from the neverland

Wisteria, a symbol of beauty and humility, bow to the oak leaves, which sprout from this earth. Earth from the sites where three uruguaian desaparecidos were found: Eduardo Bleier Horovitz, Ricardo Blanco and Julio Castro. This art work was created using an old photographic technique, without a camera, putting in contact the symbolic objects and the sensitive photographic emulsion to the sunlight. Cyanotype is a cameral-ess photographcprinting process invented in 1842 by scientist and astronomer Sir John Hirschel, which produces a cyan- blue print when a chemistry-coated surface is exposed to sunlight.

 Eduardo Bleier Horovitz, jew and communist, Julio Castro , teacher and journalist and Ricardo Blanco, syndicalist were found in military areas, by the forenze anthropology team. They were buried hidden for forty years.

The artist obtained the earth by the Human Right Institute Uruguay, and she also has the permission of Human Right Fiscal, and the Fiscal from each cause..

Cyanotype Painting Watercolors

Cotton Rag Paper

50 x 70 cm