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Gervasio Sanchez –The Disappeared


In 1984, Gervasio Sánchez (Córdoba, 1959) began working as a freelance photojournalist specializing in armed conflicts. As a contributor to the Heraldo de Aragón, La Vanguardia and Cadena Ser, he has spent over 25 years covering war, particularly in Latin America, Africa and the Balkans.

His last book, Disappeared, published by Blume, documents the “disappearance” in ten countries in Latin America, Asia and Europe. To present the work The CCB (Barcelona), La Casa Encendida (Madrid) and The MUSAC (Leon)Simultaneously present the same exhibition “The Disappeared”.

Two books and in addition to photographic material, includes two audiovisual recordings explaining the testimonies of the families of disappeared people and reproducing the ambient sound of detention centres and burial places.

This work by photojournalist Gervasio Sánchez addresses the theme of forced disappearance in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Iraq, Cambodia and Bosnia-Herzegovina between 1998 and 2010.

“The Disappeared” represents a forceful document against forgetting and aims to salvage the suppressed memory of people disappeared during various wars and processes of repression.
The presentation of the exhibition forms part of a major cultural action which, for the first time on the Spanish expository scene, involves the simultaneous exhibition in three cities (León, Barcelona and Madrid) of a macro photographic project centring on a single theme, by the same author.

Each centre will show a broad but completely different selection of photographs, making it a truly new expository proposal (MUSAC: 79 photographs and installation of portraits, “Cruelty and Pain”, the joint work of Gervasio Sánchez and Ricardo Calero; La Casa Encendida: 73 photographs and 4 murals with 40 portraits; CCCB: 103 photographs and 4 murals with 40 portraits). The three exhibitions share the same narrative structure and thematic blocks.

Carolina Martinez

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