Bartolomé de las Casas Annual Lecture–Gustavo Germano–“A Photographic Memory: Seeing the Disappeared”
Bartolomé de las Casas Annual Lecture
“A Photographic Memory: Seeing the Disappeared”
Wednesday, May 13, 7pm, 182 Lillis
Gustavo Germano will examine the use of photographs of the disappeared to reclaim truth and justice in the aftermath of the military dictatorships in Argentina (1976-1983) and Brazil (1964-1985). He will present the “antecedents” of the use of photography—both by the State organisms of control and the families of those kidnapped and murdered by the regime, who generally used the same photos emitted by the State in their campaign to find their family members. Germano will speak of his project, which seeks to give visibility to the disappeared. The Argentine photographer has personal connections to the issue, as his own brother was one of the disappeared, whose remains were found only last summer.
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Clark Honors College, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Global Studies Institute, the Department of Romance Languages and the Savage Endowment’s Global Justice Program.
**”Ausencias” at the JSMA**
In his work “Ausencias” (Absences), Germano restages snapshots of Brazilian and Argentine families whose loved ones are among the “disappeared”–people who were tortured and murdered by dictatorial regimes in South America from the 1960’s to 1980’s. The two images—the original photo and the recreated photo, with one or more people missing, are displayed together.
The Latin American Studies Program at the University of Oregon brought this work to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum, which embraced the project. The exhibit is currently on view, running from April 14 to August 16. More information about Gustavo Germano can be found at his site, http://www.gustavogermano.com. See also http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-21295117, http://www.puppiesandflowers.com/?p=4840 and https://jsma.uoregon.edu/Ausencias. The Latin American Studies Program would like to acknowledge the generous support of the “Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities” in securing the rights to present Gustavo Germano’s work at the UO.