Leandro Katz’ work (Buenos Aires, 1938) grapples with the passage of time and the construction of memory through the politics of perception made possible by audiovisual media. Two films, El día que me quieras (1997) and Exhumación (2007), explore the icon Che Guevara from the image of the leader’s lifeless body and later story of his death.
El día que me quieras uses cinema to investigate the power of photography, starting with the last image taken of Ernesto Che Guevara lying dead, surrounded by his captors, in an improvised morgue in the laundry room of the Nuestro Señor de Malta Hospital in Vallegrande, Bolivia on 9 October 1967.
Exhumación takes a deeper look at the symbolic meaning of finding the remains of Che and his companions, revealing after forty years the details of the search for the hidden graves that proliferated during the period of forced disappearances perpetrated by the military dictators in Latin America.
El día que me quieras was awarded the Coral Prize at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana and the Award for Best Documentary at the Valdivia International Film Festival in Chile.
El día que me quieras, 1997, video, colour, sound, 30’
Exhumación, 2007, video, colour, sound, 38’