Women: Memory of Repression in Argentina
Women: Memory of Repression in Argentina
Visiting Argentina in October 2005 had a particular relevance, because it is a particular project Wilfried is presenting. In 2001, he met Raquel Partnoy virtually in Internet, one of the Mothers of Place de Mayo, like many of the them of Jewish origin. Her family was escaping from the economical disaster and progroms in Eastern Europe looking for a place to settle and live in peace, thinking finally Argentina was the promissed land, but the military rulers came in Argentina to power persecuting different minded like they are persecuted by most totalitarisn systems. The particular terror in Argentinia was the so called Argentine Holocaust – The Dirty War – the war of the military rulers against the own population – kindapping primarily the male members of a family like fathers and sons collecting them like the Nazis in detention (concentration) camps in order to kill ten thousands of them in most infamous ways.
When Wilfried heard about this background of Raquel as an artist, who had been participating in one of his previous projects, he invited her for collaborating intending to create an Internet based project about the diasporadic life of her family, entitled: Family Portrait. His fascination of this collaboration is manifested in this project, but it was just the start of a new project, because meanwhile Wilfried had several female artists from Argentina participating in his projects, – inspriing Wilfried to check whether they could imagine to work on a common project about the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, by contributing material of different kind like art works, images, texts, interviews, testimonies etc.
Raquel was acting as a co-curator together with Wilfried, while Anahi Caceres involved her artists network arteUNA which was working (by chance) on a similiar topic. Like Raquel of Jewish origin, Anahi was of Mapuche origin, one of the indigeneous peoples living in Argentina and Chile and also particularly affected by the military persecutions during the Dirty War, together with Andamio Contiguo- a female artists couple from Santa Fe, and Marina Zerbarini and Irene Coremberg, Wilfried had soon the team for the common project, and then this project was complete consisting of a diversity of different components.
It was Anahi who had the idea to invite Wilfried to present their common project in Argentina – but how could such ideas be realized. In 2005, the constellation of Wilfried’s activities was very promissing, he was collaborating with several festivals and institutions in Latin America, for instance FILE – Electronic Language Festival, and when Wilfried’s ideas were taking shape to make a kind of tour through Latin America, he contacted the Goethe Institutes in Sao Paulo and Montevideo/Uruguay, and the result of the negotiations was, that these institutes accepted Wilfried’s budget plan to share the travel and accomodation expenses amoung different partners – Wilfried was coordinating the travel in Cologne and – then, the dream actually came true, Wilfried was holding the flight ticket in his hands and was waiting to leave Cologne for Madrid, where he had to change the plane for Sao Paulo, where he had to change a 2nd time for the next plane to Buenos Aires, a really long distance over night flight,
Anahi catched him in Buenos Aires at a bus stop, taking him to his hotel, and – this was really a surprise – in Buenos Aires the Recoleta Cultural Centre is running a hotel for artists on the ground of the cultural center. It was simply incredible to be part of a kind art installation, because this hotel is such a wonderful place, and the venue for the 1st project presentation is Recoleta, this evening, 11 October 2005, tomorrow, 12 October Anahi arranged a 2nd presentation at The National Bibliotheque, but this evening has a particular relevance, hardly to believe but Wilfried will meet not only the other participants in the project, besides Raquel who is residing in Washington DC in USA, but representatives of the Mother pof Plaza de Mayo organisation will be attending, and these will be the most touching moments of the entire journey.
Anahi had made a wonderful organisation, she spent a lot of time with him, he met her arteUNA friends, so he saw some parts of Buenos Aires he usually would not see, the harbour area of La Boca, Retiro, the famous railway station and visited her home which is also her studio. In this end the time will be much too short to stay and to tell about.