ART: Horrors and Dreams


Argentine artist Claudia Bernardi shares how the traumatic experiences faced by children fleeing violence in Mexico and Central America can tell their story through the art they themselves create.

As part of the peace accords signed in 1992 that ended 12 years of civil war in El Salvador, the United Nations Truth Commission nominated the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense, EAAF) to perform the exhumations of the massacre at El Mozote, Morazán. According to the sole survivor, Rufina Amaya Márquez, the Salvadoran Army had murdered more than 1,000 civilians on December 11, 1981. Rufina saw her husband being decapitated and could identify the voices and screams of her own children before they were shot...

Claudia Bernardi
Publication date: 
August 19, 2015
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article