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LEFT TO INTERPRETATION
BY RE-PHOTOGRAPHING HER GRANDPARENTS’ PERSONAL SLIDE
PHOTOGRAPHS, LORENA GUILLéN VASCHETTI CREATED A BOOK THAT
CONSIDERS HOW THE PHOTOGRAPHS WE LEAVE BEHIND COMMUNICATE
ABOUT US TO FUTURE GENERATIONS. BY CONOR RISCH
LORENA GUILLéN VASCHETTI’S book historia, memoria y silencios (history,
memory and silences), which was recently published by Schilt, explores in a very
personal way what viewers can read in photographs and what remains unreadable,
and how what we leave behind in pictures shapes history and memory.
The project started with a rescue. The slide photographs Vaschetti’s grandparents
made were in the trash on a curb, and her mother was on the phone telling Vaschetti
that she’d been done a favor. When she asked why her mother had thrown away
the family photographs, she recalls, her mother replied, “That happened already and
everybody is gone anyways.” Vaschetti comes from a large Italian family who lived
in Bueno Aires, Argentina, but for many reasons, some tragic, others natural, the
once-large family is now just Vaschetti and her mother.
Lorena Guillén Vaschetti re-photographed her grandparents’ slides using a light table
and macro lens, changing the focus of the images and altering their meaning.