On Wed., July 16, the photo exhibit “Memory of the Forgotten” by Anamaría McCarthy was inaugurated in Café Habana in the Miraflores district of Lima, Peru. The exhibit includes photographs taken after the July 16, 1992 bombing of the Miraflores street Tarata and marks the first time these photographs have been made public. The Tarata Street bombing was the most devastating attack on Lima middle class citizens by the subversive group Shining Path. A car filled with explosives was detonated on the street, claiming 25 lives, injuring 155 and destroying entire blocks.
Anamaría McCarthy’s brother, Kevin McCarthy, was a writer, photographer and filmmaker from New York who was living on Tarata, in his sister’s work studio, and survived the bombing. He continued to live in the studio, sleeping amidst the rubble as he filmed and photographed the remains left by the tragedy. Anamaría McCarthy subsequently joined him in this work. Kevin McCarthy died 11 years later, on the same day as the Tarata bombing.
The photographs have been released in order “to remember” the past and to observe the anniversary of the Final Report handed in by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR, for its initials in Spanish), on Aug. 28, 2003. To read more, please visit the exhibit’s site by clicking here. If you are unable to make it to the exhibit, the photos may be seen here.
Various other activities are going on as well to celebrate the anniversary of the CVR’s Final Report:
The National Coordinator for Human Rights (CNDDHH) is currently calling for volunteers to help plan and organize various activities related to the anniversary. The meeting for volunteers is Monday, July 21 at 6pm at the CNDDHH Office on Jr. Pezet y Monel 2467 in Lince, or you can call Sofía García at 419-1111, annex 105, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CNDDHH is also calling for participation in a national journalism contest entitled “Justice and Dignity for All,” organized by the movement Para Que No Se Repita (So That It Doesn’t Repeat) and the Peruvian Press Council, and sponsored by the International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity, the National Assembly of Regional Governments, the MCLCP and the Ombudsman’s Office. Prizes will be given for first and second prizes in the categories of television, radio and written press.
As more events are announced, they will be posted in the “News” section of the blog.