Gala Kreisler, La memoria se construye en el presente (Memory is built in the present)
Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos (Ex ESMA), Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017
This picture was taken on 20th July (Friend's Day in Argentina). While I was walking through this ex Clandestine detention center, now known as a space for memory and human rights, I looked for something that would represent life and joy where 40 years ago sadness, torture and death took place. I was looking for a butterfly, or a bird, when I saw this little girl. She was with her mom, looking at this wall full of portraits of people who was kidnapped, torture and disappeared during the last dictactorship that happened in Argentina between 1976/1983. And there she was, on her holidays, visiting a sad chapter of our nation`s history, instead of going to a theater or gathering with friends to celebrate its day.
Too young to go by herself but old enough to understand who where those people and what happened to them, she surprised me by giving me the image I was looking for: life after death, happines after sadness, memory after oblivion.
Nowadays, when many officials tend to relativize the horror of those years, dening the amount of victims, talking about Human Rights as a business, this little girl proves that it doesn't matter: Memory belong to the people, and while there is a seven-years-old standing in front of the past, respecting and learning about it, future is asurred.