Installation of Guatemala’s Memory Angel on bombarded buildings. Sarajevo, Bosnia y Gerzegovina
ANGEL TRAIL SERIES
As an artistic response to the murder of Bishop Juan Gerardi and as an alternative way to visualize the “Guatemalan holocaust,” Daniel Hernández-Salazar starts a series of interventions and installations in public spaces. First in Guatemala, afterwards in other countries. For that purpose he creates a special version of the screaming Angel created for the cover of the Guatemala Never Again report. That photograph titled So That All Shall Know, presents a mestizo angel who denounces injustice. North American researcher Kate Doyle said about this piece: “Most emblematic of Daniel’s work is his Angel. The Angel represents a haunting, a cry, a reaching out, creating connectivity between different sites of memory and massacre. It is a peregrinating Angel, a migrating Angel, an Angel that refuses to be quiet or contained. The Angel appears naked and vulnerable but is instead a courageous messenger, broadcasting not just news of an atrocity (its wings the bones of a massacre victim) but of defiance, hope, and the renaissance of a people that survived genocide, against all odds”.
DANIEL HERNÁNDEZ SALAZAR (1956)
Lives and works in Guatemala.
Photographer. Knight of the Ordre Des Artes et des Lettres. Minister of Culture from France.
Daniel Hernández-Salazar initiated his passion on photography during his studies in Architecture. During the 1980’s Guatemalan civil war, he worked as photojournalist for international agencies such as Agence France Presse-AFP, Reuters and the Associated Press-AP. Hernández-Salazar presently works as an Independent Photographer, focusing his interest on the human body, architecture and historical memory—the last becoming his main topic of work and activism. Although he masters digital equipments and techniques, Daniel remains loyal to the practice of analogue photography and darkroom, which he has never abandoned.
His work has been presented in more than 30 solo exhibitions and more than 40 group shows in North, Central and South America, Europe, Japan and Korea. For his artistic work in service of Human Rights he received in 1998 the Jonathan Mann Humanitas Award from the International Association of Physicians in Aids Care, and was named Knight of the Ordre Des Artes et des Lettres by the French Government in 2005. Part of his oeuvre has been published in two personal anthologies by Kage Shobo, (Tokio, 2006) and University of Texas Press (Austin, 2007), and has been featured in a number of art, academic and news publications, including the New York Times LENS Blog, Harpers, 6Mois, among others.
Since November 2012, his work is included in the permanent collection of the Kazerne Dossin Holocaust and Human Rights Museum in Mechelen, Belgium. He was curator and designer of his photo exhibition Genocide Dismissed, Guatemala a Silenced Tragedy presented at that Museum from Sept. 2014 until March 2015.
Since June 2015 Hernández_Salazar works on his photo project Guatemala se re(v)bela (Guatemala reveals/Revolts) which was presented in a big exhibition at Guatemala’s Aliance Francaise with great success.