Donde esta Lopez?

23 06 2010

Katie worked hard to make two photo collections this week: one of her route to work and one of the graffiti in La Plata. Comparing these to the earlier posts, you may notice our distinct photographic styles (she actually has one). Enjoy:

Here: Katie’s walk to work.

A little context for the second album: A lot of social and political commentary comes from La Plata, as it is both the capital of the province of Buenos Aires and a university town. In fact, it was considered one of the most repressed cities during the Dirty War for these reasons. The universities housed some true revolutionaries (from both the Monteneros and the ERP), leftists, Marxists, and Peronists from both sides of the political spectrum. Many students, professors and administrators (and their family members) were “disappeared,” tortured, and/or killed during the military dictatorship from 1976-1983. In total, somewhere between 9,000 and 30,000 were killed during this time period. Women were raped, babies were forcibly adopted to sympathizers of the junta, and prisoners were thrown from C-130s into the South Atlantic. Although the junta is long gone, “disappearances” have occurred in La Plata as recently as 2006, presumably by former officials in the military regime. In particular, the case of Julio Lopez has galvanized the city and is regularly referenced in its graffiti.

This album showcases a VERY small sample of the graffiti found in La Plata. As you will see, much of it is socially- and politically-oriented, often referencing the Dirty War and the disappearances.

Some of it, however, is just plain cool.

“We are going to have to kill 50,000 people: 25,000 subversives, 20,000 sympathizers, and we will make 5,000 mistakes.” – General Luciano Benjamin Menendez

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