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Jorgelina Paula Molina Planas

Biography of Jorgelina Paula Molina Planas written by herself

I was born on August 5th 1973 in Rosario, Santa Fe, in the Argentine Republic.  My maiden name is Jorgelina Paula Planas.

My father, José Maria Molina (born on February 7th 1940 in Santa Fe), was unable to give me his surname since, at the time of my birth, he was a clandestine militant.  He and my mother, Isabel Cristina Planas (born on July 31st 1944 in Paraná) had met in the Rosario Faculty of Architecture.

My parents were members of the PRT/ERP (Revolutionary Workers Party / People’s Revolutionary Army).

On August 12th 1974 my father was shot at Capilla del Rosario (Catamarca) by the Argentinian military together with 15 other companions.

On May 15th 1977 my mother was kidnapped by the Argentinian paramilitaries in the rented apartment where she lived in Lanús, province of Buenos Aires, then she remained desaparecida forever. I was three and a half years old, and was with her when they took her off.

On May 19th  1977 a neighbour took me to the Juvenile Court of Lomas de Zamora, province of Buenos Aires, where I was put into the care of Judge Pons.  On the same day I was taken to the orphanage “Leopoldo Pereyra” in Lomas de Zamora.

Every weekend an Air Force officer came to visit me and took me out with his family.

Some time later Judge Pons, without having looked for my original family, decided that I was to be adopted by another family.  On October 11th 1977 I was adopted by the Sala family.  My name was changed .  I became Carolina Maria Sala.

On June 2nd 1982 the Air Force officer died a hero in the war of the Malvinas islands; his aeroplane exploded in the sea.

In 1984 I became a nieta restituida (a handed back grand-daughter).  My paternal grandmother, Ana Taleb de Molina, together with the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and other human rights organisations, looked for me everywhere, sending out my photograph to various lines of communication to try to find me.

Not even my brother, Damián, knew what had become of me until my grandmother and he managed to contact my adoptive family, but the latter, unfortunately, forbade my grandmother and my brother to see me.

From then on my grandmother continued to write to me from Sweden where she had gone into exile with another son who still lives there.  She kept a copy of every letter which she wrote to me for my birthday up to the time of her death.  But my adoptive family never handed those letters over to me.

During the years spent with my adoptive family I pursued a primary and secondary education at the Colegio Labardén of San Isidro.  I received my diploma in 1991.

In 1992 I started the university degree course in Fine Arts at the Instituto Santa Ana of Belgrano, Buenos Aires.

In April 1996 I became a nun and entered the congregation of “Slaves of the Sacred Heart of Jesus”, where I remained for six years.

During this monastic period I was finally reunited with my real family, thanks also to the help that the nuns gave me in this process of searching for my identity.  And by May 1996 I had found my brother Damián and my biological family, uncles and aunts, cousins and maternal grandmother.

At the convent I continued my Fine Arts studies and received my degree in 1999.  In December 2002, after six years of religious life, I decided to leave the Congregation.

I meet Antonio, my partner, in the summer of 2003 in Gualeguaychú, a province of Entre Rios, and with him we are creating a family and have three children: Ignacio, Camila and Juan Manuel.  I continue my artistic studies at IUNA (Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte) in Buenos Aires.  I take part, together with other artists, in the workshops assessing Luis Felipe Noé.

On November 11th 2009 my adoptive mother dies.

On June 1st 2010 I decide to reassume my original identity as Jorgelina Paula Molina Planas, and I begin the procedures to recover the name chosen for me by my biological parents at the time of my birth.

The exhibition Geografías Interiores – Reconstrucción (“Internal Geographies – Reconstruction”) refers to this process of reconstructing that which had been completely dismembered and shattered and had completely disappeared.  A process which has put everything back into place, handing it over to its place of origin, thereby succeeding in bringing together all that I received from the various environments in which I used to be and with which I interacted.

Under the watchful eye of those who have helped me to recognise and rebuild myself.

Jorgelina Paula Molina Planas

(Jorgelina’s photos on this page were done by Valeria Cuadras and Gisela Volá)

 Lea la biografía de Jorgelina Paula Molina Planas en español

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Jorgelina Paula Molina Planas has lent her voice to Francesca da Rimini and read the relevant verses of  Dante (Inf., V, 88-142) in the Spanish translation of the Argentinian poet Bartolomé Mitre.
To listen to this reading, click here below:

To read the verses while you listen to the reading, click here and operate the audio link from the text page.

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Web site of Jorgelina Paula Molina Planas: http://www.jorgelinapmp.com.ar/

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Jorgelina interviewed for the Italian radio (Rai radio 1) on November 30th, 2013, by the journalist Cecilia Rinaldini (broadcast “Voci dal Mondo”):

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For more information on Human Rights click here.

To read the introductory article to the Human Rights project of Dantepoliglotta click here.

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