Tania: Masks and
Trophies: Photographic blow ups installation of the five identities
adopted by Haydeé Tamara Bunke, also known as Tania, La Guerrillera,
the only woman who fought together with Ernesto Che Guevara in Bolivia.
The large size images are shown suspended in the air by a system of wire
and metal supports that are then anchored with counterweights to the floor,
seeming to float like banners in the gallery space.
In 2007, I decided to return to the theme of the last Che campaign in Bolivia
in 1967, questioning the idea of clandestine identities with a series of
works and accumulative installations that were started in 1987 for Project
For The Day You'll Love Me. In returning to the character of Tania,
a work that was first developed in 1995, the installation includes questions
on the whereabouts of the photographs taken by the guerrillas themselves
during their eleven months in Bolivia, which were confiscated by the Bolivian
military after their capture and death. This aspect of the installation
is presented as a mural work that includes quotes and visible evidences
of the commercial use of the guerrilla's iconography, such as it was documented
by Tania, Che Guevara and other members of the tragic campaign of 1967.
The exhibition also includes a 40-minute cycle projection of Exhumación,
an interview with Alejandro Incháurregui, founding member of the
Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense (EAAF) which, together with
a Cuban team of researchers and anthropologists, was in charge of finding
the remains of Ernesto Che Guevara and his companions in 1997.
Tania: Masks and Trophies was shown at the
Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, 2007, curated by Clelia Taricco.