Juan Carlos was my dearest friend. Then he died very suddenly and left behind a huge silence. Afterwards, I found a newspaper clipping in my mailbox about a blind ornithologist who was passionate about birds. He had left it there for me. Who would have thought that it would take a blind person to teach me how to see?
Amparo Garrido (Valencia, Spain, 1962) is a Madrid-based visual artist working with photography. Since 1998, Amparo Garrido has been represented in individual and group shows in both Spain and abroad, where her work has been honored in a number of prestigious competitions. She obtained first place in the 2001 edition of the ABC Photography Prize, and placed second for the 2007 Purificación García Prize, among others. Her work can be found in major collections, including the Museo nacional centro de arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.
El Silencio que queda (The Silence That Remains, doc., 2019).
“José Carlos Sires has been blind since the age of six. As an ornithologist, he is able to identify nearly two hundred bird species that he cannot see by their songs or calls. ‘It’s not that blind people have sharper hearing, but more a case of sighted people not taking the trouble to make good use of what they have […].’ Those are a few excerpts from a newspaper article that my best friend left in my mailbox a few weeks before he died. I like to think that he left me that clipping behind as a kind of errand, an encounter with the kind of beauty that just takes your breath away when it is evoked by the two main ways of perceiving the world: sight and hearing. We have assembled this film without following a preordained script, eyes shut tight, as we listened to the material that emerged from our journey, with Juan Carlos at first and later on, just myself alone.”
EL SILENCIO QUE QUEDA
Spagna/Spain, 2019, 71’, col.
the silence that remains
regia, fotografia, produttore/director, cinematography, producer
Amparo Garrido, José Carlos Sires
Benito Macías Cantón