Fernando Gutiérrez's photographs are selected from a
series he created as a visual ode to Argentina's
Desaparecidos, or "Disappeared."
(Desaparecidos are the estimated ten to thirty
thousand Argentines who disappeared during the military
dictatorship that controlled the country between 1976 and
1983.) To evoke events that can no longer be photographed,
Gutiérrez uses present-day subjects to metaphorically
reference the past. In one image, unfinished or abandoned
buildings suggest the country's incomplete work of
reconciling its painful political history. Gutiérrez
has said about his work: ". . . in the 1970's and early
1980's, Argentina experienced one of the darkest times of
its history, which coincided with my childhood and part of
my adolescence. Through this work, I delve into my memories
and imagination, between dreams and facts, trying to
reconstruct a small place in time through pictures."
Born in Buenos Aires in 1968, Gutiérrez began studying photography at the age of 18 at the Asociación Estímulo de Bellas Artes. Upon completing his secondary education, he studied communications at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. In 1992, he began working as a freelance photographer for the newspaper La Maga and DyN agency. Gutiérrez has been a photojournalist for the magazine Viva since 1995.
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|Aeroparque [Airport], 1995. El Olimpo [The Olimpo], 1995. Untitled, 1995 Ciudad Universitaria [University City], 1995. Autoretrato [Self-Portrait], 1994. All images are gelatin silver prints.|