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    El Agua Como Tumba - Water as Graveyard by Helen Zout

Helen Zout, La Plata River, Argentina, 2003

These images represent events during the last military dictatorship in Argentina, when "The Death Flights" took place. An unknown number of alive, semi-asleep young people were thrown from those planes into the Río de la Plata. Today, all of them have disappeared.

In these photographs, I want to talk about Life.

Yes, I am talking about human beings whose lives have been cut short. Nevertheless, I prefer to do so in a way that gives emphasis to their lives, the Life that was taken away from them, rather than the way it was taken from them.

Helen Zout, Aeronautic Military Museum, Moron, Argentina, 2003

...I want it to be clear that I refuse to accept that, what happened in Argentina during the last military dictatorship in the years 1976-1983, can be easily absorbed by humanity or greatly dealt with by history.

...I want to say that our country can never repair this damage, the damage that some inflicted on others.

...Yes, I am talking about Life, life that wasn't but should have been.


Helen Zout
From the FotoFest 2004 Catalogue

Helen Zout, La Plata City, Argentina, 2003



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