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besando las manos de los cadáveres: kissing dead bodies hands

year 2003. war in Irak.


during the Irak war of year 2003, an internet site started to make a count of civil people dead. at the bottom of this page yo have a counter. when I started this project the number of civil dead people was about 1000. but what moved me to start drawing was a notice read in a newspaper, during the war: a cruise missile hits on a market full of people; besides the text, in a photograph, a child sitting besides a cheap wood box with his brother dead inside.
with this series of drawings I want to give a face to these persons, only a symbol to all the other dead people not included in that count, who die every day because of wars, injustice, intolerance. a symbol to the ones with their bodies, families, lifes, hopes, wounded.
the death is faster than me drawing. I will always be delayed in my series of portraits, but don´t want to stop this.
I remember some photographs of this war where two dead bodies (three in the case of childs) was buried in the same coffin, because lack of them. I put my portraits in pairs, as a remembering of that and to keep them not alone.

thanks for your visit. José Mesa, Tenerife.






March 11st 2004: terrorist attacks kill 190 and injure hundred people in Madrid. The web site Peces y Palabras en Madrid is a tribute to every victim and a graphic response to violence, war, death and pain. The words come from a text by Manuel Rivas, the faces don´t try to be portraits of real people. www.pecesypalabras.cjb.net


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