Ausencias/Absences photography exhibition at the Quarter Gallery

November 1, 2017

October 4, 2017 for immediate release

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An exhibition of photographs by Gustavo Germano

Gustavo German, Ana Rosa Kucinski Silva, 1966/2012

Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota

405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis

Ph: (612) 624-7530 |

November 7 - 18, 2017

Gallery hours are 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM | Tuesday- Saturday


Friday November 10, 2017

Public Reception
Regis Center for Art
6:00 – 8:00 pm | Free and open to the public

Monday, November 13
Public Lecture
Carlson School L 126    
2:00 pm | Free and open to the public

Guided Visits of the Exhibition
Wednesday, November 8 at 3:00 pm
Monday, November 13 at 1:00 pm
Wednesday, November 15 at 3:00 pm
Contact Prof. Ana Forcinito

Parking, Accessibility, Cost
Parking is available nearby on the street, at the 21st Avenue South ramp, 5th Street South lot, and 19th Avenue South ramp; hourly or event rates apply. These parking locations and the Regis Center for Art are wheelchair-accessible. Exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.

Gustavo Germano, Omar Dario Amestoy, Mario Alfredo Amestoy, 1975/2006

Exhibition Description

The Regis Center for Art presents Ausencias/Absences, an exhibition of photographs by Gustavo Germano. The artist makes enforced disappearance visible by showing us pairs of images: one that belongs to a family in the past before disappearance, and another that attempts to recreate that same photograph after the disappearance of one of the pictured loved ones. The photographs taken decades later show the absences of the victims of State–sponsored violence in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay during the dictatorships from the 1960s to the 1980s. Thus, much time has elapsed between the two photographs in each diptych. And within that lapse of time resides the horror of past human rights violations, but also the work of the truth commissions, trials, and other struggles for truth and justice. By capturing the memory of the disappeared through those empty spaces that were left forever in the families, Germano’s project reminds us of the devastating and long-lasting effects of human rights violations.


Artist’s Biography

Gustavo Germano (b. 1964, Argentina) has been working on photographic projects related to themes of memory since 2006. In his three series, all entitled Ausencias/Absences (2006, 2012 and 2016), Germano focuses on the victims of enforced disappearance during the dictatorships in Argentina (1976-83), Brazil (1964-1985) and Uruguay (1973-1984). In 2009, Germano completed a series entitled Distancias/Distances a project on the Spanish republican exile of 1939. In 2015, he launched the project Búsquedas/Searches, a series about the theft and trafficking of newborn children in Spain during the Franco dictatorship (1939/1975) and the restitution of identity to the grandchildren of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo.


Artist’s Statement

“Ausencias” is an exhibition based on photographic material from family albums. It shows a series of cases that give a face to those who are no longer here: workers, militants, students, professionals, entire families. All of them, victims of the systematic plan of the  illegal repression and forced disappearance established by the civic-military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983), Brazil (1964-1985) and Uruguay (1973-1984). The photographer returns many years later, and, with his camera, accompanies the family and friends of the disappeared to the same places where the previous photographs were taken. This way, under similar conditions, the photographs are re-taken, this time capturing the wounding presence of the absence of the loved one. Gustavo Germano



Ausencias/Absences is co-sponsored by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Department of Art, Hispanic Issues, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Human Rights Program,the Human Rights Center, the Department of Philosophy, CARLA, and the Department of History.