La Clase (The Class), 1996

A MALHA J19

In a bid to understand his identity, Brodsky took on a systematic investigation into his personal photographic archives. 1967 group photograph of his classmates, a deep curiosity about the fate of each person in it aroused. The encounters he had with them in his quest for truth brought forth what is now his most famous work: Buena Memoria (1996).

Being a visual essay dealing with the collective memory of the military dictatorship in Argentina (1976–1983), it bears the emotions and personal experiences of those who lived in that period, and focuses on the trauma that affected his classmates, friends, and family.

In this work, the photograph “Class Photo 1967” is drastically enlarged and meticulously shows the handwritten fate of each classmate—killed, missing, exiled, traumatised during the “Dirty War.”

text by Inês Valle