Recuerdo de las Navidades, 2006

Christmas Memories, 2006
Photograph, 8 photographs of various dimensions
For years, Iñaki Bonillas has been working with the archives of his maternal grandfather and amateur photographer, José María Rodríguez Plaza, who was exiled in Mexico when he was twenty years old and never returned. In one of the albums in this archive he found a photographic portrait of his great-grandmother Pilar. The picture, signed by his uncle Carlos Somonte in 1982, indicated that this was copy number two of five. Bonillas decided to trace the fate of the four remaining copies, pursuing the various lives of the same image on the understanding that, in photography, the reality of the negative is always spectral.
The artist documents the place where the copies of the portrait of his great-grandmother Pilar are now and puts them next to portraits of other members of the family in an intergenerational dialogue outside of time. The work emphasises the manipulation of memory and the dialectic between the original and copy in photography.

Technical details

Original title:
Recuerdo de las Navidades
Registration number:
Bonillas, Iñaki
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Inkjet print on paper
8 photographs of various dimensions
Edition number:
Edició de 3 + 1 P.A.
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Long-term loan of Álvaro López de Lamadrid
© Iñaki Bonillas
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