Quense: Abandon's voice
Not the lack of places to show her work; not the
zero interest shown by those TV stations that
say to her "We only buy foreign documentaries";
not her work as a publicity photographer; not
even her ten-year-old son have been an obstacle
for Veronica Quense to drive her green truck and
carry her camera to the most desolate places,
looking for traces and testimonies that can help
her build the audiovisual story that now obsesses
her: violence against women.
"It's a national tragedy,
for which the State has no answer. It's horrible
to see the statistics of how many women die killed
by their partners. The State just looks the other
way. The poorest and youngest women are the most
likely to be assassinated, because the system
does not protect them. So this is a work in which
I'm leaving my soul", says Quense.
Autonomy and independence sustain the audiovisual
work of this publicity photographer. "I finance
myself with photography, so I do not depend on
external funding. I do not hire anybody. I do
everything myself: filming, editing
don't really spend that much. And I can live on
bread and cheese for a while if I need to",
says this restless artist now living in San José de Maipo, from where she travels every day to
Santiago. Besides photography and video, she's
also worked on collage, poetry (she will soon
publish her second book) and has a store that
sells furniture made with old and native woods.
Her production office has not just cameras, but
also an editing and audio equipment.
Veronica studied at Santiago's Fotoarte school,
and from still images she began working with movement
with her first fiction short films: "El vuelo
de Juana", "El sueño" and
"El canto olvidado". Then came "El
puerto" and "Desierta", her first
full documentary, based on the lives of people
from a small town in Spain, where she found half
a dozen old men and women isolated and ignored.
"It's a movie about abandonment, death, age.
In Spain it caused quite a stir. What happens
over there is the same that happens everywhere:
people do not see what's closest to them".