Image of the Day – Graffiti Marking the Effects of the Dictatorship

This image was particularly striking to me, for any number of reasons – the inclusion of the exact date military rule began, showing the significance the date (and military rule itself) continues to play in public memory and perception (my guess with the “24 de Marzo 2004” was in reference to the date the painting was done);  the figure of the mother (symbolizing all of Argentina?) holding the lost children near her; the reference to the 30,000 people murdered or disappeared during military rule; the anguished looks on the faces of those in the painting; what appears to be a figure representing justice screaming (the three-headed figure in the bottom center of the painting). It just struck me as a stunning portrayal of the ways in which military rule continued to resonate in Argentina’s public memory making even 24 years after military rule had ended.

Another large ground-mural commemorating those the military regime murdered in Argentina and the suffering of those who survived.

About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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