María Villanova y Erick Arbenz cantan el himno nacional
ARBENZ… END OF EXILE / APOTHEOSIS OF RETURN
Photo-documentation of the repatriation of the remains of Jacobo Arbenz Guzman, President of Guatemala from 1951 to 1954.
Daniel did not live the Arbenz era but learned it from his mother’s recolections. As a good conservative she detested that period, but she transferred it to her son and helped to build that imaginary in his mind. Since then, that memory accompanies, scares and passions Daniel. When he learned Jacobo Arbenz remains were going to be repatriated, he was about to go to Paris to present an exhibition. It was not an easy decision but he canceled. It was impossible for him not to be in Guatemala to witness the return of that mythical personage. A leader who, along with Arevalo and the people who supported them, participated in the construction of a country with different values to those traditionally imposed.
In this photo essay Hernández-Salazar shows the intensity and sense the repatriation of the remains of Jacobo Arbenz had for Guatemala. October 19th. and 20th.1995, were days of “high voltage” during which it was possible to see publicly the real society represented in almost all it’s layers. Undoubtedly, there were some layers who did not want to be seen. “Everyone sees different things, but the facts are obvious. Memory is always true, and this my version of it”, says the artist about this series.
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.