Argentinian-born photographer Adriana Groisman’s Voices of the South Atlantic has been in development for nearly eight years and marks the 30th anniversary of the Falklands/Malvinas war. Rooted in the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas War, it includes the voices of people who fought on both sides, as well as civilians who were directly affected by it. Examining issues of war and its consequences, its premise is that fear and loss are universal and that pain and trauma affect both the losers and the winners.
Colour photographs of landscapes of the islands and black and white seascapes of the South Atlantic act as visual metaphors that allude to feelings of menace, courage and fear, at the same time showing physical traces of war. Through juxtaposing photographs of scarred landscapes with testimonies from British and Argentine veterans and Falkland Islanders, a dialogue is established between the time needed for the terrain to heal and the period the men themselves need to recover.
The show doesn’t open until the weekend but we couldn’t resist sharing some of the work with you now.
Adriana Groisma: Voices of the South Atlantic, 19-05-2012 until 30-06-2012, Ffotogallery, Turner House, Plymouth Road, Penarth, CF64 3DH. www.ffotogallery.org
1. Stanley, East Falkland (2006)
2. Mount Longdon (2006)
3. Argentine Soldier’s Water Bottle, Wireless Ridge (2006)
4. Mario Benjamin Menendez (2006) General Mario Benjamin Menendez
5. Bomb Crater at Wireless Ridge (2006)
All Copyright Adriana Groisman