Karen Toro

Freelance photographer
     
Belén 1987 - 2016 [ongoing]
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Nationality: Ecuadorian
Biography: Quito, 1990. My work in the artistic and photographic field is related to issues of human rights, migration, education and gender. My labour is based on the belief in the social importance of photography as a way to relate, make visible and... MORE
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Belén 1987 - 2016 [ongoing]
Copyright Karen Toro 2023
Date of Work Mar 2019 - Ongoing
Updated Jun 2021
Location Quito, Ecuador
Topics Conceptual, Femicide, Feminism, Film, Fine Art, Mixed Medium, Womens Rights
[Ongoing project]

This project is a memory exercise based on the repetition of the last photograph I took of one of my best friends, Belén Peralta, before her violent murder, a femicide. This image, an analog black and white photograph, blurred, out of focus and in motion, is now understood as a premonition of her absence. This image of Belén, or of her ghost, predates her death. A gesture of repetition in various forms to find clues, to heal a mourning, but above all not to forget.

This photograph was developed several months after Belén's femicide, I did not even remember having taken it, since then I return to it constantly: In the insistent exploration of this image I try to make it appear, to make it present again. I invoke it and make an offering to it. Repetition as a gesture and the concept of the phantom guide this search: the image as omen.
Este proyecto es un ejercicio de memoria a partir de la repetición de la última fotografía que le hice a una de mis mejores amigas, Belén Peralta, antes de su asesinato violento, un feminicidio. Esta imagen, una fotografía analógica en blanco y negro, borrosa, desenfocada y en movimiento es entendida ahora como una premonición de su ausencia. Esa imagen de Belén, o de su fantasma, es anterior a su muerte. Un gesto de repetición en variadas formas para encontrar pistas, para sanar un duelo, pero sobre todo para no olvidar.

Esta fotografía fue revelada varios meses después del feminicidio de Belén, yo ni siquiera recordaba haberla hecho, desde entonces vuelvo a ella constantemente: En la exploración insistente de esta imagen intento hacerla aparecer, hacerla de nuevo presente. La invoco y le hago una ofrenda. La repetición como gesto y el concepto del fantasma guían esta búsqueda: la imagen como presagio.
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