I saw this photograph in an exhibition in Havana. It’s a class of medical students in the faculty of anatomy in Buenos Aires in 1948.
I noted the predominance of males, with all females to the front. I observed the symbolism of white coat power and primacy over the cadaver, and the lack of dignity for the deceased. All with due respect that the event was around 70 years ago.
The student in the back row on the 6th from your right, is Ernesto Che Guevara – the only one of the whole group who is smiling! Is he aware of something that the others aren’t? Aficionados of Che’s memoir The Motorcycle Diaries will be familiar with this image.
Looking at this image I couldn’t help but sense the pain revolution brewing right now. Useless and deadly drugs, excessive surgery, so much bullshit and so much money spent for nothing in return.
Do others sense a change?
– David Butler