From 1976 to 1983 an estimated 30,000 Argentines "disappeared". A unknown number were abducted, tortured and murdered. The clandestine nature of their abduction left the victim's family and friends in the dark as to their whereabouts and fate.

In a climate of fear and repression, it was difficult to gauge the scale of the disappearances. Few media outlets were prepared to report on the subject, and public expression was severely restricted.

Public art proved to be an effective method of highlighting the scale of the disappearances. Hundred took part in a public art project that saw the walls of the city covered in silhouettes, with each silhouette representing a person who had disappeared.

This image depicts the silhouette of a pregnant woman. Newborns were taken from their captive mothers and given to families considered to suitable.

Photo: Monica Hasenberg
Archivo Hasenberg-Quaretti


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