I recently spent two weeks in New Mexico. One of the most powerful experiences was going to the IHM Retreat Center Chapel to view Erika Diettes’s Sudarios photography exhibit.
Sudarios is a series of portraits of women who witnessed massacres committed during the Colombian armed conflict. The portraits are wrenching in themselves, but the way they’re displays enhances the experience brilliantly. The portraits are printed very large on silk, and are hung all around the gallery, or chapel, in this case, at varying heights so you walk among them. The despair comes at you from all directions, you are surrounded. The portraits visually overlap, and as the silk moves and gently creases, it distorts the portraits, seemingly increasing the pain on the womens’ faces.
The exhibit is a deeply moving, brilliant exhibition.
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