On 20 February 1980, Jaime Tovar was abducted by the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) and forced to wander for months through the tropical rainforest of the Colombian Amazonia. The guerilla fighters sent a Polaroid snapshot of their captive to his family as a proof that he was still alive. This project starts from the search for that uncertain photograph, but it reflects a process of rediscovery that transcends the event in itself. It is a poetic exercise that speaks of our finitude and contingent nature, that explores the legacy of the past as our only mode of survival. The absence of this fetish photograph activates a performative visual essay that has recourse to the mechanisms of appropriation and collage in order to remove autobiographical and documentary photography from their conventional frameworks.

The project Jardín de mi padre was realized within the framework of the Prix Elysée 2018-2020, created by the Musée de l’Elysée and supported by Parmigiani Fleurier, of which Luis Carlos is the winner of the third edition. On this occasion was released the book Jardín de mi padre, co-edited by Musée de l’Elysée/RM.