2017 - Ongoing
298 femicides occurred in Argentina from January 1 to December 31, 2020. Every 29 hours a woman was killed by a man just because she was a woman.
In this long photographic-documentary project about Femicides we decided to look at the uncomfortable, shifting the focus and putting it on the femicide and on the patriarchal framework in which we live and where male violence nest, and we ask ourselves: Who is this man?.
We are interested in digging into their stories, running the surface of each case: Is this man who works next to you/me in the office capable of that? Is this person who was your schoolmate capable of such cruelty?.
We look at the femicide in order to break with certain pre-established constructions of analysis questioning the social framework where femicide occurs and where patriarchy lie in these acts of violence.
As anthropologist Rita Segato says: "that last gesture that is a crime, is the product of a number of minor gestures that are in everyday life and that are not crimes, but are also aggressions. And that make a breeding ground to cause this last degree of aggression that is typified as a crime... but that would never happen if society were not the way it is".
Femicides are news, appear every day in the media. Generally journalistic treatment lacks a gender perspective and the victim is re victimized. If it is possible to watch through security cameras in a newscast how a man chases a woman he doesn't know and decides to kill her, how can we not see ourselves reflected in that victim. Nicole, Karen, Lucía, Marita, Belén. There is no woman's name that does not respond to a murdered woman, any of them could have been us. And to be aware of that is shocking and terrifying.
Through these cases, which occurred in different geographical areas of the country, with different social links and classes, we seek to highlight a general global situation, taking these particular stories as a starting point.
We only deal with cases that have already been tried and convicted with the aggravation of femicide and/or gender violence and that are serving their sentences.