"GRANDMOTHERS OF PLAZA DE MAYO"
This work was inspired by the heroic struggle of a group of mothers and grandmothers facing the kidnapping and disappearance of their children, the certainty of its subsequent torture and murder and the appropriation of their grandchildren born during the captivity of their young mothers, the genocide committed by one of the bloodiest and disastrous militar dictatorships in the Argentinian history and against sections of the population committed to freedom, individual rights and the protection of national heritage.
When I felt the desire to create this work I assume that would be unattainable in a plastic composition, static and silent, all the love, pain, strength, courage and dignity that the Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo personify. Therefore, in my humble work, I tried to represent them with only some of the key symbols of their struggle.
Thus arose the image of a mother / grandmother in whose lap manifests the absence of loved snatched, who is embraced by a heart made by tissues that shelters his memory, the same heart that continues seeking them and encourages their struggle. Metaphor culminated with a head in dignified, strong and brave attitude, resting on a halo-tissue, symbolizing eternal memory of his exploits.
Two copies of this sculpture on a smaller scale of the original are displayed, one in the office of President of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, Estela Barnes de Carlotto. Another in the office of the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
SCULPTURE DISTINCTION OF THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
The Ministry of Education of Argentina incorporated this sculpture, symbol of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, as distinction of the activities on Human Rights and Historical Memory in the field of education. Project that -with the adhesion of the Grandmothers of Plaza of Mayo- was started during the year 2008 by the Department of Solidary Schools of the Ministry, there being delivered the first ones in different Provinces of the National territory.
ESTELA BARNES de CARLOTTO, President of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo and REGO CURTEN
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