Image: Ella me ha pedido que la olvide [She asked me to forget her]
(Guatemala City, 1957 - )

Ella me ha pedido que la olvide [She asked me to forget her] , 1993

Film positives, toned gelatin silver prints, ribbon and thread
12 in. x 57 in. (30.48 cm x 144.78 cm)
Museum Acquisition Fund
1994.12
detail
Gonzáles Palma began his career as a photographer in the mid-1980s, having previously worked as a painter, architect, and filmmaker.   His work most often features Maya Indians from his native Guatemala, who are often disenfranchised and on the margins of Guatemalan society.  Gonzáles Palma’s images reflect the determined spirit of the Maya people, the tragic loss of their rich culture, and the universal emotions and relationships that bind us all together.  
    In this work, the woman’s image is layered over a death certificate and the men mourn with their tears of red ribbons.  The relationship between the figures remains ambiguous.  Since the photograph of the woman appears to be from a different era, she may be an older relative—perhaps the mother—of the men.            
    To signify the function of memory and the passage of time, Gonzáles Palma uses an earth-colored varnish that gives his works the smoky patina of an Old Master painting.  Gonzáles Palma printed the portraits in this work on transparent film, then backed them with soft-focused, abstract images printed on earth-toned paper, lending the work an ethereal, haunting quality.  
  
Subscribe on Yahoo! Calendar

Yahoo Calendar Instructions:

  1. On your Yahoo Calendar page, find "Subscribed" on the left side-bar and click the "plus" sign
  2. Click "Subscribe to Other Calendars"
  3. Paste the following link in the "iCal Address" field:
  4. Choose a Display Name and Calendar Color and click "Continue"
Help with calendar subscriptions

Help with calendar subscriptions:

Most modern calendar software will allow you to subscribe to online calendars. If you have different software other than those that are listed, you can use the following URL in its subscribe feature to automatically display upcoming events:

Search the Collection

Quick Search

  Go

Advanced Search

Online Collection paid for with a grant from
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Rights & Reproduction

The use of images, text, and all other media found on this website is limited. Please review the Rights and Reproduction document for details.