Musuk Nolte | Open Mourning

Country of origin: Peru
Project location: Peru
Program: Magnum Foundation Fund
Year: 2017

In the last months of 2016, a new law for the search of missing people was approved in Peru, allowing systematized and in depth work regarding cases related to terrorism between 1980 and 2000. More than 60,000 people died in those years, with 15,000 still missing, murdered both by the terrorist group Sendero Luminoso and the Peruvian state. 

Peru has a very complex political scene and society. Intentions to decentralize the government from the capital have not been effective and there is still great tension between social classes and between cultures which influences how historic memory and reconciliation among those affected by violence has developed. 

Open Mourning is centered around the ceremonies and burials made after the devolution of remains from the state to different families and communities around the country, after forensic investigations concluded. Some of these people have waited more than 30 years, mourning for the dead and awaiting their return.