The Argentina Memorial

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This project is dealing basically with the darkest historical period of the Argentine history, the military dictatorships of the 20th century and the war against the own people.

The included projects are entitled – Women: Memory of Repression in Argentina (W:Moria) – and – Family Portrait, which both were realised between Wilfried Agricola de Cologne as their creator, curator and coordinator and the co-curator Raquel Partnoy, herself one of the mothers of Plaza de Mayo, who were fighting for their disappeared children and husbands against the totalitary military regime.

While W:Moria is about the “Mothers of Plaza de Mayo” including testimonies of some of the mothers of the disappeared children and husbands and the artistic reflection by young Argentine femal artists, “Family Portrait” is spotlighting the disporadic course of life of the Partnoy Family, particularly the female members Raquel (mother), Alicia (Daughter) and Ruth (granddaughter) who all are – still living and of different age – active in different artistic disciplines.

The protagonists of W:Moria stand exemplarily for all affected mothers and their families and the rising political movement (Monday demonstrations) which made the military rulers resign in the end, while the Family Partnoy and their members stand for countless Jewish families persecuted in Eastern Europe or elsewhere hoping to find their promissed land in Argentina, but hardly settled the persecution continued. “Family Portrait” and its creator Wilfried Agricola de Cologne were given the Mosaica Award on the topic of jews in Diaspora by the York university Toronto (Canada).

But it is planned to include additional components via “Collective Trauma Film Collection”, documentary and artistic videos by young Argentine artists generations dealing with this historial period causing the fundamental national trauma.