ASHES




During the 80s and 90s, the Peruvian terrorist group Shining Path induced the country into a permanent state of fear. After hundreds of attacks and more than seventy thousand deaths, it all came to an end with the capture of their leader, Abimael Guzmán, alongside his closest collaborators, including his partner Elena Iparraguirre.

In the country there is practically unanimity, not without reason, at the time of judging and punishing these individuals. From my perspective, their humanity has been reduced to ashes. No atrocity deserves to be forgotten, however, I ask myself if there is, or was, something human in these people. Using a video the police found of Guzman and his followers dancing in an apartment they used to hide, and a song by the mythical Peruvian singer Chabuca Granda, I question if there is perhaps something that could bring us closer to people so irrevocably distant to us. The ever present figure of Iparraguirre brings attention to her sentimental relationship with Guzman.