Jardín de mi padre . Luis Carlos Tovar



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On 20 February 1980, Jaime Tovar was kidnapped by the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and forced to wander for months through the rainforest on the border of the Colombian Amazon. His son Luis Carlos, author of this book, was only a few months old when the events took place. The guerrillas sent a Polaroid to the relatives of the captive as a proof of life. This project is based on the search for that uncertain photograph, but it reflects a process of unhiding that transcends the event; a poetic exercise that speaks to us of our contingency and finiteness, which points to the legacy as the only way to survive. The absence of this fetish photography activates a performatic visual essay that resorts to the mechanisms of appropriation and collage to take autobiographical and documentary photography out of their conventional frames.


The Book My Father's Garden by Colombian artist Luis Carlos Tovar proposes the idea of post-memory as an exercise in imaginative reconstruction of life experience, as a generational therapy that gives voice to the marginalised and produces new empathies with the past.

Joan Fontcuberta

Jardín de mi padre . Luis Carlos Tovar

Aperture PhotoBook Awards 2020 - Shortlisted

Co-published with the Musée de l'Elysée

Design by Nicolas Rouvière

Texts by Luis Carlos Tovar, Joan Fontcuberta, Lydia Dorner, Tatyana Franck, María Santoyo, Cristina Lleras

Author: Luis Carlos Tovar
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 19,8 x 28 cm
Language: ESPANISH
ISBN: 978-84-17975-29-6
Year of publication: 2020

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