Here our dear friend Natalia Avendaño Muiño stands in front of her portrait, Natalia’s Letters, at the opening of, I Know Not These My Hands, at Fotografiska.
Two years ago, Natalia discovered a worn out pale green manila folder in her closet. It contained a forty-year old stack of letters, the correspondence between her Chilean father, Renato Leopold Avendaño Gutiérrez, and her Uruguayan mother, Gloria Nestar Jesusa Muiño Bentos.
In March of 1973, Renato, a member of the Tupamaros, was incarcerated at the outset of the Civic-Military Dictatorship of Uruguay. During the three years of his imprisonment, Gloria and Renato kept in touch through letters with moments of coded language. She, in her elegantly placed cursive, he, with a mangled typewriter. There are long passages in Renato’s letters where he is just looking at her, recounting her in every detail, following the passage of time in the new lines on her face. @coopergorfer #Iknownotthesemyhands #fotografiska #coopergorfer #uruguay #militarydictatorship #loveletters