Triptich of a large scale photographs of a Spanish civil war-era mass grave site, uncovered in 2007.
Exhibition Label, 40 Years / 40 Artists, January 22–March 8, 2015:
“Three photographs out of the project that documented the exhumation in 2004 of a mass grave from September of 1936 at Villamayor de los Montes, province of Burgos. Forty six bodies were found, all men between seventeen and seventy years old, killed by numerous bullet wounds including the coup de grace in the head. The bodies also displayed fractures suffered prior to the execution. The executioners were phalangist militiamen and members of the civil guard (Guardia Civil). This project was carried out in Burgos as it proved impossible to do it in Catalonia on two occasions: the first was when Jordi Pujol was still president and the second was with the first Tripartite Coalition. Both times, political interferences cancelled the project. The second time, Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya was directly responsible for it not going ahead. No money had been asked for, only permission. The funds had been secured in the United States through a Fulbright Fellowship and the help of two private foundations in New York. The complete piece was first shown at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, and is part of its permanent collection.” - Francesc Torres
crime; deaths; human rights; military; mourning; photojournalism; violence; wars
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