Bogota, Colombia: Studio / Taller, 2008. First edition, limited. Hardcover. Signed E. Diettes on front cover label. 11/250. Quarto, 19 Japan folded leaves, 16 with original photographs laid to paper. Original textured black paper-covered boards with blind-stamp and black and red lettering on white label of cover. Black endpapers. No slipcase.
"In Drifting Away my intention is to draw attention to some of the victims of forced disappearances of the Colombian armed conflict. The project is a response to a number of press reports and news broadcasts which explain how the paramilitary and the guerrillas torture people, mutilate them and make them disappear by throwing their bodies into a river. Tis is the source of the saying that the rivers of Colombia are the world's largest graveyard. I started by looking for clothing or objects belonging to people who had disappeared in Bogotá, an then I went out to the areas of conflict in visits to Eastern Antioquia, Caquetá and Medellin, amongst other places. During these macabre visits I was able to talk to the families of the victims, who are indeed the voice of all Colombia, clamoring not only for the respect for life, but also for the right to be able to bury their dead. From a technical point of view, I decided to represent the idea of the river literally, submerging the clothing or objects in water, in order to highlight the way in which the turbulence of the water is also a leading feature of the image. I also decided to print on glass to give the feeling of ethereal and fragility character of the image - and so therefore, of life in those parts of our country." (E. Diettes).
Illustrated with sixteen prints of digital photographs showing images from the series "de la serie" in various sizes as described above, with captions. Publisher's and Diettes contact info printed to last page. Fine condition. Item #49622
Visual Artist Erika Diettes lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia, exploring issues of memory, pain, absence and death. Her most recent work, Sudarios, was showcased in the 2012 Fotofest Biennial, the Festival de la Luz in Buenos Aires, the Ex Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City, and the Ballarat Foto Biennale in Australia, among others. Diettes' photographic works are part of the permanent collection of major museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and has been exhibited at the Museums of Modern Art of Bogotá, Cali, Medellín and Barranquilla; the National Museum of Colombia; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Chile; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and others.