Video Verónica (from the Iconomía series) (2000)

Iconomía shows the ambiguity of that status, always oscillating between iconophilia and iconoclasm, fascination with the image and the constant threat of its suppression. In the biblical iconography of Verónica, a woman holds the piece of cloth where the indexical trace of the face of Christ was impregnated. As a result on Colombia’s internal war, a conflict that has spanned for more than forty years, thousands of people have been kidnapped or disappeared. It is common to see in the news the relatives of the missing persons, usually mothers or wives, holding the images of their dear ones in front of them or wearing t-shirts with their photograph. As in many other works, Restrepo uses myth not as a theme but as a device for effectively addressing the current state of things.