Naturalezas

(Work in progress)

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Chacras de Coria, Mendoza. During the early hours of January 12, 1977, a task force took my grandfather, Victorio Cerutti, from the "Casa Grande". That same night, a few blocks away, they also kidnap my uncle Omar. Months later, in the ESMA, my grandfather signs under torture the cession of his lands in Mendoza. In those lands he lived together with his family. There his father sowed and cultivated vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees since he arrived from his native Italy. Chacras de Coria, Mendoza.In the lands that belonged to my grandfather Victorio a new neighborhood named "Wil-Ri" was built, using the initials of the false names Federico Williams and Hector Ríos that correspond to two torturers of the ESMA, Francis William Whamond and Jorge Radice. The streets are named Honor, Friendship, Charity, Justice, Equity. It becomes a neighborhood of villas with gardens and pools. The boys ride bicycles and leave them anywhere without fear of being robbed. Chacras de Coria, Mendoza. In 2007, 30 years after the abduction and disappearance, I return with my daughter and my older sister to visit the neighborhood and what is left of the "Casa Grande". Chacras de Coria, Mendoza. In the fall of 2011, I returned. Alone. Once again I try to build my story, my history. I find traces, pieces of that life, evocations of those deaths. And nature is still there. Witness of everything good and bad that happened in that house, in those streets. The water, longed for and healing, finally runs. The Memory is a story made with the fragments we are able to find.