At 3.30pm, Thursday 10th March 2011 I was in Buenos Aires, standing in la Plaza de Mayo.
I was aware of Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo and of their long protest to find out where the bodies of their murdered children had been hidden. And here I was, in the middle of their weekly demonstration of protest and memory.
All around were other tourists and visitors to Buenos Aires. There were supporters of las Madres, people at the busy bookstall of L’Asociación Madres de Plaza de Mayo. There were flag-sellers and beggars and people simply passing through the plaza on their way to and from shops and offices.
La Linea Fundadora walked silently behind a black and white banner, photocopied pictures of youthful faces held aloft. A minibus arrived carrying the women of L’Asociación Madres de Plaza de Mayo. They formed up behind their blue and white banner with a large group of supporters behind them. As they walked they clapped and chanted softly, flags catching the wind. At the end of their walk their leader, Hebe de Bonafini, addressed the crowd. La Linea Fundadora walked on in silence.
I was not prepared for the emotion that overwhelmed me in that space. I felt the need, an unspoken demand almost, that I should record the act of memory and protest performed by las Madres.
I exhibited this video at the Triton Gallery, Sledmere House, East Yorkshire, in July 2011. The exhibition of photographs and this video represent a first attempt to make sense of what happened, of what I felt and experienced in la Plaza de Mayo.
This is documentary; it is an act of witness; it is now part of a huge, informal, world-wide archive of images. It is my attempt to support and celebrate their struggle and their protest.