Condor
Blume - (English edition)

Condor is a tribute to the memory of the victims of Operation Condor a secret military plan implemented in 1975 by six Latin American countries ruled by right wing military dictatorships to eliminate their political opponents. This plan resulted in “extrajudicial executions” of at least 60.000 people. For almost a decade João Pina, has traveled extensively trough Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay to document what is left of the Condor years.

“ It is the forgotten quality of this disturbing episode of contemporary history that João Pina’s magnificent and haunting book of images seeks to evoke. In the pictures of relatives, of execution spots and torture chambers, or in the places where vanished people were last seen — and in the emotional faces of their mothers, fathers, children and lovers, Pina provides a heartfelt epitaph for people who’s lives were expunged secretly, their bodies disappeared, and at times, the fact of their very existences left in doubt.”
Jon Lee Anderson – staff writer The New Yorker

 

“The smallest of efforts is necessary; all energies are needed to transform the sad expressions and infinite pain reflected in João Pina impressive photographs contained in this indispensable book into smiles of hope.”
Baltasar Garzón – Spanish Judge