Pedazos de memoria (“Pieces of memory”) is a project about the life’s work of Mª. Luisa de Miguel, who founded the Aransbur Association in 1977. Her fight started when one of her children was born with deafness. Since then she has not stopped getting deaf children in Spain to enjoy many rights which they didn’t have yet a few years ago.
The project consists of two pieces: a book and a video documentary. The concept revolves around the word pedazos (“pieces”). A piece of the cover was torn from each book, revealing a second cover and making each copy a unique piece.
In the book, Maria Luisa de Miguel’s life, struggle and conquests are narrated in first and third person. When Sergio, her son, was born in 1960, Maria Luisa immediately detected his deafness. At seven months, she noticed something that made her alarm go off. Trying not to fall asleep before eating, she blew a sound toy and observed that he did not react. Sergio was very expressive with his eyes and the rest of the family had not observed anything suspicious.
Everything starts here. Since the creation of Aransbur Association, through continuous trips and meetings with ministers to fight for rights such as adoption by deaf people. All the conquests that Mrs. de Miguel got for Sergio are now rights for all the deaf in Spain. The documentary is a video interview, in which he tells his bittersweet story firsthand. Today, she continues to improve certain injustices that deaf people still experience.