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Sites of Hurtful Memory

The excavation of the remains of the Club Atlético detention center, Buenos Aires, Argentina (top), and a votive wall erected at the site in memory of its victims (bottom). Constructed in a warehouse cellar in 1977 by the Argentine military government to interrogate and torture political prisoners, the site was obscured a year later by freeway construction. Memory of the detention center and its horrors continued despite efforts to conceal it. In early 2002, the city of Buenos Aires embarked on an official project to recover the physical remains of Club Atlético, as well as the memories of its neighbors and survivors. Photos: Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper.