"On the 18th of April of 1996, 6-year-old Luis CORZO was abducted together with his father Juan Corzo, Jr. from their home by seven rifle-armed intruders. The kidnapping was organised by a group called 'Los Pasaco', who were the most feared group of criminals in Guatemala in the early 1990s. During the month-long captivity Juan Corzo, Jr. was physically tortured to pressure the family into sending money for ransom. Eventually, Juan was released on the 30th day and told to gather more ransom money in order to have Luis released. Three days later, Luis was released in the small town of Chiquimulilla, Santa Rosa.
The photographic volume 'Pasaco, 1996' is the result of an investigative photography project by Luis CORZO, which contains archival media, as well as new documentation of locations, people, and objects that took part in the act. By making the work the Guatemalan photo artist wants to initiate conversations surrounding the story; those of violence, corruption, capital punishment, and criminal rehabilitation.
"… And this is precisely the value of this book, 'Pasaco, 1996' by Luis CORZO, you are holding in your hands. It is an accurate record, from the most factual witness: his decision to revisit this chapter of his life is an action that seeks the truth. And truth produces peace and justice. The interweaving of his story does take the strands of the violence in his country; but most importantly, it is the strength of his steps that takes him forth: his journey to that past is an exercise that seeks reconciliation. An exercise which we, Guatemalans, must observe moved only in the silence of astonishment, the stillness of due regard, and the impetus of imitation." (© Claudia Mendez Arriaza)
The limited edition photographic volume 'Pasaco, 1996' by Luis CORZO, a hardcover with a tipped in photograph has 96 pages with 49 photographs and contains as well a text by Claudia Méndez Arriaza in English & Spanish. The book is designed by Claudia RUBIN and is shortlisted for the Paris Photo - Aperture First Photobook Award 2023.