Tackling Grief And Suicide In These Intimate Portraits Of Elderly Men

When Mariela Sancari, the Argentinian photographer based in Mexico, found out about the suicide of her father, she was just 14 years old. Learning to live with this difficult reality and without any explanation for his death, Sancari "materialised an impossible search" through photography.

 

"I don't use photography to document reality, I use it to give face to a fantasy"

 

After eight years living in Mexico working as a photographer for a well respected local newspaper, Mariela won an artist's residence courtesy of the Centre for Image, it was here that she came to make the following series entitled "Moisés".

The project began with a notice in a local paper in Buenos Aires, looking for men aged between 68 and 72 years old who had physical characteristics based on what she imagined her father would look like if he were still alive.

Imagen cortesía de la artista © Mariela Sancari

(Photo: Mariela Sancari) The advert reads: LOOKING FOR MEN between 68-72 years of age, with light eyes similar in aspect to the man in the photo to form part of a photographic project. Those interested call ... or come along to Colombia Square Monday- Friday between 11 and 14.00

The result is a series of photographs loaded with nostalgia in which the subjects are wearing items of clothing that originally belonged to Moisés Sancari, reviving, in some way or another the image of her missing father. Here's the series

Imagen cortesía de la artista © Mariela Sancari

(Photo: Mariela Sancari)

Imagen cortesía de la artista © Mariela Sancari

(Photo: Mariela Sancari)

Imagen cortesía de la artista © Mariela Sancari

(Photo: Mariela Sancari)

Imagen cortesía de la artista © Mariela Sancari

(Photo: Mariela Sancari)

 

Imagen cortesía de la artista © Mariela Sancari

(Photo: Mariela Sancari)

Imagen cortesía de la artista © Mariela Sancari

(Photo: Mariela Sancari)

Imagen cortesía de la artista © Mariela Sancari

(Photo: Mariela Sancari)

Imagen cortesía de la artista © Mariela Sancari

(Photo: Mariela Sancari)

Imagen cortesía de la artista © Mariela Sancari

(Photo: Mariela Sancari)

Imagen cortesía de la artista © Mariela Sancari

(Photo: Mariela Sancari)

Since its publication, "Moisés" has risen to international acclaim. The series is currently on display at the emblematic Palace of the City of Jaipur in India together with other selected contemporary photographers. For more information about the exhibition, click here.

And for more of  Mariela Sancari's work, check out her website.

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