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April 25, 2008
There is a saying that the rivers of Colombia are the world's biggest graveyard.
Colombian artist Erika Diettes is creating a light-filled memorial to the many thousands of the "disappeared" who are dead or missing as a result of armed conflicts in Colombia. Personal objects or clothing from people who have disappeared are photographed in turbulent water.
The photographs are printed larger than life on 5-feet tall sheets of glass, and displayed upright in heavy gray frames. When installed in long rows of upright images, the photos look like tombstones in a cemetery. Visitors who walk through the installation get the feeling that they too are floating in the river.Installation view, from the series Drifting Away, printed glass, 60x35,2" © Erika Diettes