The Mexican Suitcase: exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao

This is a story of an unexpected encounter, a killed love, three reporters and a very ugly history of Spain. The strange thing that this story begins in Mexico where 15 years ago, a suitcase with some photographic negatives belonging to Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour (Chim) on the Spanish Civil War was found. As this case came to Mexico is still a mystery but it seems to have to do with a set of incredible matches only in troubled times can be aligned to make things happen …In the suitcase were 126 rolls of film mostly on different scenarios of the Spanish Civil War: Madrid, Teruel, Barcelona, Extremadura, Basque Country, Oviedo, Valencia, Segovia.

Looking at those pictures in the exhibition I was moved by the courage that came to be unconscious of these three reporters without any satellite phones and without any CNN like type of resources, which got into situations of a “war” so complex and complicated to show the world the horror of human stupidity. The emotion was due also thinking about the Robert and Gerda love; they were actors and victims in this conflict foreign to them but that marked their lives forever: Gerda was crushed by a tank and died ‘with only 27 years.

The exhibition will be open at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum until June 10th



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