"Growing up I always saw her photo at my grandparents house. It was big and black and white, no one talked about who she was and for some reason she seemed very familiar. Time went on and my grandparents moved houses at least 4 more times. Her photo was always there, big and in a very visible place. As I grew older so did my interest in finding out who she was. Rebeca Eunice Vargas Braghirolly, she was my mothers sister who was one of the 45,000 disappeared by the military during the war in Guatemala. It was frustrating but intriguing. I had no idea people could disappear. Photographs capture intensity, they capture time periods. Many mindful tasks are involved when taking a photograph. Sometimes the photograph is taken by us and other times the photograph is there to be used to denounce what it needs to say. Images are powerful, they entail responsibility. The idea of working about those who are deceased is a commitment. The idea of death is something we get to know at an early age and the only thing we have for certain when we are born. There is something profound and intriguing in the exploration of those who are not here, there is love, there is respect, there is mystery, we are all human. The fine line between life and death is fascinating, it is challenging to undertake, a reason to explore and try to understand how the art of war becomes the art of death and compromise. Paula Morales 2013"