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March 12, 2016
September 11, 2016
The exhibition Identitad Desaparecida (Lost Identity) at the Murano Glass Museum in Venice involves sculptures, installations and photographs by Argentine artist Silvia Levenson. The central installation comprises 119 pieces of infant clothing made from coloured glass. It relates to a tragic period in Argentina when, during the regime from 1976 to 1983, pregnant female prisoners were assassinated after giving birth and newborns were illegally put up for adoption.
The installation is a reminder of the resolved cases of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo and the 119 children who were able to learn the names of their natural parents, the circumstances of their births, and meet their biological families. It is also a tribute to the courageous women who assembled every Thursday in front of the government headquarters in Plaza de Mayo, asking for the liberation of their absent children or the return of their bodies.
Silvia Levenson was born in Buenos Aires in 1957. She left Argentina at the age of 23 together with her partner and two children and has lived and worked since 1980 in Italy. Her work has been exhibited in numerous museums around the world and is included in public collections.