Jean-Marie Simon

Guatemala. Eternal Spring – Eternal Tyranny

10 February — 06 March, 2011

Jean-Marie Simon’s exhibition Guatemala. Eternal Spring – Eternal Tyranny is the first of a series of digital exhibitions Fotografiska will present in 2011.

EXHIBITION

In 1980, 26-year-old photojournalist Jean-Marie Simon visited Guatemala, for the first time, in order to complete a short reportage. She stayed for eight years. When Simon finally left, she had, via thousands of photographs, documented the most violent period in the country’s 30-year civil war. Simon’s images capture the cruel reality of war in one of the most compelling chapters of Guatemala’s modern history.

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"Nobody trusted me at first. Either they thought I was an ‘ear’ to gather information or just an idiot. I was constantly afraid, but I considered this to be my job. I could either get out there and take the photographs or just go and hide under the bed." - Jean-Marie Simon

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