Marcelo Brodsky PHmuseum Limited Edition Print
Marcelo Brodsky (1954) lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. An artist and political activist, Marcelo Brodsky was forced into exile in Barcelona following General Videla’s coup in Argentina in 1976. He studied economics at the University of Barcelona as well as photography at the Centre Internacional de Fotografia (Barcelona).
During his stay in Spain, he took photographs that immortalized the psychological state of an expatriate. In 1984, when the military dictatorship was over, he went back to Argentina and began his project Buena Memoria, a visual essay that deals with the collective memory of the years under the dictatorship inspired by the emotions and personal experiences of those who lived through it. Situated on the border between installation, performance, photography, monument and memorial, his pieces blend text and images, often using figures of speech. This essay has been shown more than 140 times in public spaces as well as institutions such as the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires in 2010, the Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, Brasil, in 2011 or the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, in 2007.
Marcelo Brodsky is an active member of the human rights organization Asociación Buena Memoria, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Parque de la Memoria, a sculpture park and large monument with names and a gallery, built-in Buenos Aires to the memory of victims of state terrorism. His work is part of major collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Tate Collection London, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Argentina, Museo de Arte Moderno Buenos Aires, Center for Creative Photography Tucson Arizona, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Museo de la Memoria y Los Derechos Humanos Santiago de Chile, MALI Lima, Museu de Arte Moderna do RJ.
This is a picture of nature, of the waves breaking in the coast of Uruguay. It got a new meaning during the pandemic, when I started logging to be at sea, to be in nature. We all needed and need to go back to nature, to go back to our body rituals like swimming and playing at sea. So I printed the image and wrote my text intervention with crayons on it, reminding us that in spite of our current lockdowns and limitations, the waves keep breaking and the sea is there, waiting for us.