León Ferrari Nosotros no sabíamos (We Didn't Know) 1976–92, printed 2007

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This is an incomplete summary of some of the articles that the newspapers published in 1976 about the first period of repression unleashed by the Videla military junta. They are articles that managed to get through the filter of censorship, or that were allowed to get through as messengers of terror. Although they are far from encompassing all of the crimes committed by our FFAA [Armed Forces], they give an idea of the climate that the population experienced and the level of knowledge had by those who justified the crimes with, “it will be for something,” the new criminal code of the oppressors and their parishes, an expression that after the trials they replaced with, “we did not know.”

Missing here, but which will be added, is the information that documents the complicity of a good part of the church, a complicity that continued when it asked for the pardon of the condemned and that manifested again when the Nuncio Calabresi invited those pardoned but not acquitted, to toast with the Cardinal Quarracino to the thirty years of the papacy of John Paul II, in October 1991.

From this material, which was compiled in 1976, four copies were published in Brazil that same year, three were published in 1984 also in São Paulo, Brazil, and four others for the exhibition “500 Years of Repression,” realized at the Centro Recoleta in August of 1992.

Publication excerpt from León Ferrari. Nosotros no sabíamos (We Didn't Know)
Buenos Aires, 1992
Series of eighty-two photocopies
page (each): 16 9/16 × 11 3/4" (42 × 29.8 cm)
León Ferrari, Buenos Aires
León Ferrari, Buenos Aires
unlimited (20 known copies)
Gift of the artist
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© 2022 León Ferrari
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