Veronica Fieiras: The Disappeared

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the photographer Verónica Fieiras left with a backpack in 2001 to travel around the world for one year. After visiting Spain, she decided to settle in Madrid, where she has been teaching photography for a number of years.

Spain – Photography will never be able to run away from the memory’s territory and its stigma This is an agreement assumed along with the acknowledgment that every photography contains data, which can be more or less organized, scientific or emotional, as well as disperse or merely descriptive. Verónica Fieiras’ book “The Disappeared”,  is all that has been mentioned and much more.

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  Verónica uses photographs that have been found and belong to a dark and terrible stage in a country where some of it’s habitants were capable of generating pain through terror, a pain so deep that even now newer generations still can feel it in their guts. This is an emotional book that deals with the vanishing of memory while insisting on recovering it. It states a fight over power between the passing of time and the devastating effects that this brings with it.

Symbolically, while images retain their graphics memory, they gradually dissolves and distance themselves from their original presence while generating a transparency that can be added to other faces, other forms of visual memory, that construct a new image. In this case images represents the face of horror, but above all, the face of an inmense pain and the silence of a sick silent society.

Definitely “The Disappeared“ is a book that defines the identity of absence, not only by images but also in words, through anonymous and blurred trails of what used to be a presence, and therefore part of life. Ciuco Gutiérrez   32 pages 21 x 29 cm Japanese paper Hand-made Limited edition of 50 Riot Books

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