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Lorena Guillén: Historia, Memoria y Silencios

A simple but highly evocative and personal book, derived from a caché of family slides that she was able to rescue from oblivion. Via Newsweek’s Picture Department:

Channeling memory and emotion through images made by her grandfather in Argentina more than a generation earlier, Lorena Guillén Vaschetti’s book Historia, Memoria, y Silencios captures feelings of the textured caress and mood of loss, anticipation, and desire. The images all made with slide film were nearly thrown away by Lorena’s mother but in a fortuitous moment some work was saved. History, Memory, and Silence is a moving and creative compendium of emotions that powerfully distills the always evolving nature of history into the living and breathing present.

From her introduction to the project:

Memory is certainly capricious and organic, permanently building and rebuilding itself. How is it that the truth, once repeated over and over again, becomes somehow another truth? What is the relationship between memory and the past? What role could photography play in such relationship?

Background: Lorena was born in Argentina in 1974, and has lived most of her life in Buenos Aires, where she studied Anthropology and Architecture before commiting to photography. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibits throughout Latin America, the United States and Europe.

Bonus: Here is another amazing set of photos shot by Lorena in Perú for the Blue Earth Alliance. The photo project documents Incan healing techniques that use the curative properties of native crops in the fertile Sacred Valley.

Images: Historia, Memoria y Silencios. Via Picture Dept.

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