Maite Pinto

Logroño, 1993


The artistic practice of Maite Pinto is focused on memory and identity, both individual and collective, through the retrieval of snapshots from a wide variety of private and public archives, which the artist recreates through the technique of engraving. These works are centered on the photographs of some of the thousands of Basque children who were forced to leave their homes and sent to Southampton (United Kingdom) on the steamer Habana in 1937. In this context of displacement, fragmentation, and loss, the images tell us of the need to belong to a collective, and of how that group sentiment has come down to the present day through the documentary work of the Association for the UK Basque Children, which has highlighted the impact that event had on their lives.