Desde que te ausentaste

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Since you left us

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photographic print

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height: 36cm
width: 36cm

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Donated by Mariana Yampolsky 1996

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Mariana Yampolsky was born in Chicago to a Russian father and German mother. She moved to Mexico City at the age of 19 to work with the Taller de Gráfica Popular (Workshop for Popular Graphic Art) or TGP, a left-wing organisation of graphic artists founded in 1937 by Leopoldo Méndez and others, some of whom are represented in ESCALA.

Yampolsky left the TGP in 1960 to concentrate on photography, which she had studied under Lola Álvarez Bravo. During her life she travelled throughout Mexico taking images of the country's rural population, its indigenous people and its architecture, eventually building an archive of more than 70,000 images, which she grouped thematically. The photograph held by ESCALA, Desde que te ausentaste, belongs to a series of images of traditional funerary practices. It shows two young indigenous girls kneeling by the coffin of a man identified as Señor Gregorio Barrera C.

The eulogy at the foot of his coffin reads: 

If pain is a prayer without words, we are praying for you since you left us.

We will see you again since our hope is placed in heaven and our faith in GOD

Iguala, Gro. (Guerrero), 30 January 1980

(Display caption from the exhibition Mexican Migrations, 15 June - 3 November 2013)
Joanne Harwood

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