For decades photography has helped to denounce the worst aspects of human barbarism. And this is one of the best examples of photojournalism with a firm commitment to denouncing these crimes, an exhibition which reveals the emotional involvement of its creator, the photojournalist Gervasio Sánchez, who has worked on it since he was a student at the Bellaterra faculty of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
In Disappeared, an exhibition you can see at the CCCB, Sánchez has documented the forced disappearance of thousands of people in ten countries in Latin America, Asia and Europe, along with the drama experienced by the families of the disappeared when their corpses are found (the ones that are found!) in common graves, identified (those that can be identified!) classified and stored and, finally, returned to those closest to them.
The remains were found in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Iraq, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Spain between 1998 and 2010. “We weren’t able to document the graves there are in Catalonia because no Catalan government has ever wanted to exhume the bodies. The pain of the victims has been forgotten. It’s shameful”, says Sánchez.
Only 231 graves with 5.300 victims have been found in Spain, half of them unidentified because there is no DNA bank and many relatives of those killed in the Civil War have long since died.
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