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Leandro Berra

3 July - 19 September

10H00 - 19H30

In addition to his subverting of police techniques, Berra is also attempt- ing here to recreate mechanisms which, as in Claude Lanzmann’s sense, lead from memory to the immemorial: attempting, in other words, to abolish the distance between past and present, presence and absence, but also to create a form of memory with its roots simultaneously outside time and in the furthest reaches of the human. As if he were saying, ‘Here I have presences I can offer as testimony to the absence I am pursuing. This is my successful failure. My way of wooing—but not catching—life as it flees. These are the shadows of a body I cannot reach.’ This work includes: the identikit photo by Leandro Berra of a friend who vanished under the military dictatorship in Argentina; the photo of Leandro Berra taken from an official acknowledgement of his arrival in France, accompanied by a diagram of his genetic profile: a total of fifteen STR (Short Tandem Repeats) markers and a sex marker; a photo of the identity photograph used on his last residence permit in France in 2001, accompanied by a diagram of his genetic profile including a total of thirteen markers included in the group established by the FBI’s CODIS (Combined DNA Indexing System).
Leandro Berra
Exhibition organised with the support of the Galerie Claude Samuel, Paris.
Exhibition venue: Atelier des Forges, Parc des Ateliers.
In addition to his subverting of police techniques, Berra is also attempting here to recreate mechanisms which, as in Claude Lanzmann’s sense, lead from memory to the immemorial: attempting, in other words, to abolish the distance between past and present, presence and absence, but also to create a form of memory with its roots simultaneously outside time and in the furthest reaches of the human. As if he were saying, ‘Here I have presences I can offer as testimony to the absence I am pursuing. This is my successful failure. My way of wooing—but not catching—life as it flees. These are the shadows of a body I cannot reach.’ This work includes: the identikit photo by Leandro Berra of a friend who vanished under the military dictatorship in Argentina; the photo of Leandro Berra taken from an official acknowledgement of his arrival in France, accompanied by a diagram of his genetic profile: a total of fifteen STR (Short Tandem Repeats) markers and a sex marker; a photo of the identity photograph used on his last residence permit in France in 2001, accompanied by a diagram of his genetic profile including a total of thirteen markers included in the group established by the FBI’s CODIS (Combined DNA Indexing System).

Leandro Berra

Exhibition organised with the support of the Galerie Claude Samuel, Paris.
Exhibition venue: Atelier des Forges, Parc des Ateliers.