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Luz del Día: Copyrighting the Light of Day


A film frame with a man wearing glasses.

La Lucha por Ser Madre, 2017

La Lucha por Ser Madre is based on a photograph of a protest of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo (Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo), an association of Argentine mothers whose children were disappeared during the Argentine Dictatorship (1976–1983). They began marching in 1977 at the Plaza de Mayo, in front of the Casa Rosada presidential palace in Buenos Aires, in order to protest the disappearances.

This artwork is created from the archive of 2,540 scanned negatives Stephanie Mercedes is digitally altering and re-copyrighting in order to donate the images back to the public domain.

© Stephanie Mercedes


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