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1.4  The promise


Memory and the archive are fundamental elements in my work. In the process of analyzing historical material, I began to re-photograph photos of past eras. I discovered that the macro lens was the perfect tool to change the discourse, the intention and most important: the gaze behind the photos.

In The Promise, photo taken from the book The History of the Republic of Peru, (1970 edition, by the historian Jorge Basadre), I seek to vindicate the feminine perspective, always absent in the historical construction of our country. The second intention is in the image of the protest, a recurring image in our republican history, which, read backwards in time, leads us to understand it as a cyclical complaint about the promise of progress.

Where are we going ?

Astrid Jahnsen

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