Friday, 4 September 2009

Argentina: Memorias en la ciudad

The fantastic Argentine organisation Memoria Abierta, which I visited in 2004, has produced a book called Memorias en la ciudad: Señales del terrorismo de Estado en Buenos Aires. It contains photographs and information about 38 illegal detention centres and 202 memorial sites in the Argentine capital.
The topography of cities is made up by layer upon layer of memories of the past. Although not always apparent in the hustle and bustle of city life, buildings, street corners, sidewalk tiles, and the nameplates of city squares and streets carry out their normal function while also revealing absences and sending messages from the past.

It's published by Eudeba and looks fascinating, doesn't look like it will be easy to source outside Argentina however.

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