Já aqui falei várias vezes do João. Mas façam lá o favor de ouvir-me mais uma vez... Hoje, o New York Times publica um artigo sobre ele, apresentando-o assim:
João de Carvalho Pina, a young Portuguese photographer, has spent the past five years documenting the abuses of Operation Condor, a collusion among right-wing dictators in Latin America during the 1970s to eliminate their leftist opponents.
Neste artigo, Tracing the Shadows of Operation Condor, o João explica porque decidiu fotografar os locais onde milhares de pessoas foram mortas e torturadas (sítios aparentemente banais, como garagens, escritórios, estádios de futebol...) e porque acha importante revelar os rostos dos sobreviventes:
“My goal is to create a visual memory of what this period was, the places of the disappeared and the survivors and the families, and to show people that this actually happened,” Mr. Pina said. “There are hundreds of thousands of people affected by it.”
In a way, he is one of those affected. Two of Mr. Pina’s grandparents in Portugal, who were Communists, were jailed as subversives for many years by the dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar. That part of his family history led him to document the abuses of the Salazar regime. He took the photographs in “For Your Free Thinking,” published in Portugal in 2007, about former political prisoners. In many cases, he juxtaposed mug shots from the time with updated portraits of the subjects, in similar poses.“I was really feeling a kind of desperation,” he said. “The generation of my grandparents was disappearing, and there were no documents of it.”
Documenting the past, of course, is a paradox. The subjects are no longer around, the occurrences are over, actions exist in past time. So inevitably, Mr. Pina has to find a way to evoke vanished events. “My goal here was to bring viewers to where they can see there’s something strange in those pictures, and they don’t know why.”