Laundry of Sorrows 1982

Date: 1982 - 2008
Ref: 0.1982_per
Materials: Filmed Performance, concert with washing machines
Dimensions: 10:06'
Exhibition history: 2008 Galleria Continua - Les Moulins, France
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta

Laundry of Sorrows was imagined in 1982, in reaction to the political regime of the military junta in Argentina. It was finally performed and filmed over several days at the Galleria Continua Les Moulins, in 2008.

The war over the Islas Malvinas directly resulted from the military dictatorship of a decadent and weakened Argentina. The disappearance of thousands of citizens during the period 1976-1983, was further augmented because of the irresponsible acts of the military commander Galtieri. Seeking to distract the Argentine population from his failing rule, he claimed the return of the island to Argentina by military force. As the General Belgrano warship sank, so too did the entire country with it.

History repeats itself with the millions of refugees struggling along the routes of exile, over walls and borders provoked by more wars and dictatorships, as well as famine, humanitarian and natural disasters. Infinite personal lives are waiting to wipe clean and re-cleanse their realities, in the hope of a new future. Personal stories too hard to bear, are washed and washed again, again and again, until they finally discolour. A purification of the past to reveal a new identity.

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