Staunton, VA: George F. Thompson Publishing; Italy : Editoriale Bortolazzi-Stei, 2015. b/w and color plates, bibliographical references and Internet addresses, color pict. boards. Issued in slipcase. OCLC: 944166488. Item #115993
Artist book that is a poignant memorial to the victims of Colombia’s ongoing, armed conflict, the images in MEMENTO MORI are at once majestic, accessible, and deeply moving. The book consists of three bodies of work: Drifting Away, images of articles of clothing of “the disappeared,” photographed in water and embedded in glass; Sudarios or shrouds, photographs printed on linen of women who have witnessed atrocities committed against their loved ones; and Relicarios, three-dimensional works of polymer containing mementos and personal effects of the victims. Accompanied by hauntingly beautiful images of the work at exhibitions and in memorials in areas where the victims were “disappeared,” as well as by essays exploring its social and political implications, this book is a significant resource in contemporary Latin American studies, as well as for social anthropologists, human rights workers, and those wanting to understand at a very basic level the human cost of terrorism. Erika Diettes is a Colombian visual artist and social anthropologist who explores issues of memory, pain, absence and death in a variety of mediums. Her work has been exhibited in unique spaces linked to re-memoration processes developed by the victims’ movements in Colombia, as well as at other venues including the Museums of Modern Art of Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, and Barranquilla in Colombia; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Chile, at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Fotofest Biennal in Houston, the Festival de la Luz in Buenos Aires, the Ballarat Foto Biennale in Australia, the Malta Festival in Pozna , Poland, and at CENTER in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Museo de Antioquia (Colombia) and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. CONTENTS: Volume I: Installations = Instalaciones. Artist's statement = Apuntes y reflexiones de la artista / Erika Diettes ; Erika Diettes : images in mourning = Imágenes en duelo / Ileana Diéguez ; Río abajo = Drifting away ; Sudarios = Shrouds ; Relicarios = Reliquaries ; Conversation between Erika Diettes and Anne Wilkes Tucker = Conversación entre Erika Diettes y Anne Wilkes Tucker -- Volume II: Plates = Placas. LIMITED EDITION 1000.