After graduating in Political Sciences in UmeÃ¥, Sweden, self-employed documentary photographer Sara Holmgren left Sweden to work as an international observer with The Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation (SweFOR) in collaboration with Project of International Accompaniment in Guatemala (ACOGUATE). Later on, she dedicated a year working with Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo (GAM). GAM is the most known organization protecting the interests of the relatives of the disappeared in Guatemala. Tasks included to create a widespread understanding of the human rights situation in Guatemala internationally. This is when she started to visually document the post-peace-accords-life of the internal armed conflict victims. She performed her photography studies in Madrid, Spain and then moved to Barcelona where she is now based.
In 2017 she spent 3 months in Guatemala gathering material for "Life Retaken", a project highlighting the struggle of relatives of victims of forced dissapearance, their need to find their loved one and give them a dignified burial. It also reinvindicates the effort of the organizations supporting the relatives in their search. Life Retaken was shown as a solo exhibition in Barcelona and the project has been featured in Revista 5W.
Sara is now preparing a joint project comparing how states dealt with historical memory in Argentina, Spain and Guatemala.
Fluent in: Swedish, English and Spanish Based in: Barcelona, Spain Available: Worldwide