Claudia Bernardi, The Disappeared are Appearing Mural Project

Artist, educator, and human rights activist Claudia Bernradi, works in the intersection of art and conflict. For the last two decades, she has designed, facilitated, and completed community based and collaborative art projects with survivors of massacres, survivors of torture, and survivors of state terror in El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Northern Ireland, Mexico, and Serbia.

For 30 years, Claudia has also been a collaborator and participant in investigations of human rights violations working with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team in Argentina, Buenos Aires. From this experience, she recognized that art could be used to educate, elucidate, and articulate the communal memories of survivors of human rights atrocities, and The Disappeared are Appearing Mural Project was born.

The project is collaborative and community-based, and was created by relatives of those who disappeared during the military dictatorship in Argentina. These families recovered the human remains of their relatives through the exhumations performed by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team and subsequent DNA investigation. This mural project will be developed in the largest Ex Clandestine Center of Detention and Extermination of Argentina, known as ESMA.

“Families of the victims will converge in this space that once functioned as a place of horror, torture, and illegal assassination, to remember, preserve, and disseminate through art praxis, their personal histories of searching for the victims, their time of mourning, and the determination of hope,” Claudia said.

To learn more about the the Mural Project, check out their Website.

Funding from the Pollination Project will be used to help with the purchase art supplies and materials.

GRANT AWARD DATE: November 24, 2014