#Ingrid    [ed. RVB BOOKS & Gato Negro Ediciones]

Continuous flow of photographs with subtle variations, repetitions or quotations #Ingrid, dictated by the raw material itself, refuse the voyeurisme that is incited by images of violence and exemplifies the use of the image as a weapon (against mediatization and corruption).

On February 9, 2020 in Mexico City, a 25-year-old woman named Ingrid E. V. was murdered by her companion. Grisly photographs of this femicide committed by Erik Francisco Robledo Rosas, taken at the scene of the crime by the authorities, were avidly circulated by Mexican tabloids, which had no qualms in plastering the young woman’s dismembered body across their front pages. This opportunistic move by the gutter press, and the complicity of the police in making it possible, sparked a wave of protests. Spurred by a tweet to do their part in ridding the internet of these gruesome images, social media users around the world posted numerous photos of peaceful lakes, sunsets, fields of flowers and other scenes of natural beauty under the hashtag #IngridEscamillaVargas. Moved by this collaborative effort, Zoé Aubry, who has been working on the systemic and structural phenomenon of femicides and the issues raised by their media coverage since 2017, has produced a book that pays homage to the memory of Ingrid Escamilla Vargas, denounces violence against womxn, and assails the voyeurism of a certain segment of the press.

These images are not addressed to us, but are present and diffused to make others disappear. The goal is to produce invisibility by addressing the flow and the algorithms. An image is always a deviation, a dissimilarity, an operation...an image therefore always contains absence.