Two Times Maria
10 Jan, 2023
The starting point is July 21st of 1976, the night the armed forces broke into my maternal grandparents' house in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The message was clear: if they found my mother they were going to kill her, so she was forced to go alone into exile at the age of 21. Uruguay was the first stop, then Brazil and finally, she arrived in Mexico. Time tends to deceive us. But it happens the exact opposite if we assimilate and study the past as a time we need to rummage and put in front of us. Walter Benjamin once wrote that "it's the ones before us who invokes us to make justice". But the question is who can and should grant it? This project retrieves corporal and emotional memory from what detonated that night with my family. Some kind of -micro- "sociology of absences". A process in which I try to transform impossible objects into possible objects, absent objects into present objects, and repressed stories in told and known stories.
Valeria Arendar (1994). Argentinian-Mexican photographer. She studied photography at the Escuela Activa de Fotografía (Mexico) and has a degree in Social Communication from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico). She is a graduate of the Photography Production Seminar at the Centro de la Imagen (Mexico) under the tutelage of Nirvana Paz and Óscar Farfán. She is currently a scholarship holder of the Jóvenes Creadores programme of the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (2021-2022) and is also in the Visual Arts Production residency at the Centro de las Artes de San Agustin, Etla, Oaxaca with tutors such as Richard Moszka, Laureana Toledo and Natalia de la Rosa. She is a member of Foto-Féminas and Woman Photograph.