Translations:Beatriz González/14/en

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During the 1990s, political interest in Beatriz González's work focused on the victims of the armed conflict. One of the news pieces she developed into an artwork during this period was that of the drowned, no-name “NN” corpses cast into rivers. Later she worked on the massacre of Las Delicias in 1997 and the suffering of women in the series Dolores. In 2010, documentary filmmaker Diego García Moreno made Beatriz González, Why Are You Crying? (Por qué llora si ya reí), a film that shows the process of making the work Anonymous Auras (Auras Anónimas), an intervention on four columbaria, still preserved in the Central Cemetery of Bogotá, which to date is the only place of memory dedicated to the anonymous victims of the violence unleashed in the capital city in April 1948 after the assassination of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán. The work has brought the artist into a legal conflict with the district administration over the need to protect a space for memory in contravention of urban renewal plans that would destroy parts of the columbaria in order to carry out public works. Her artwork The Sisga Suicides (Los Suicidas del Sisga) turned 50 in 2015, and coincidentally all three of its versions were exhibited at the Tate Modern that same year, as well as in other large retrospectives in the following years. The Sisga Suicides has turned out to be a central work in Colombian art history, guiding the development of other artists such as Maria de la Paz Jaramillo who has recognized in González’s piece the source of her interest in press images