Figure dell’assenza. L’immagine privata contro le politiche della sparizione forzata

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Figures of absence. The private image against the policies of forced disappearance

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] The essay focuses on a particular phenomenon of contemporary visual culture, widely debated internationally: photography as a tool for political and judicial claims following crimes perpetrated in a state of terror. At the end of the military dictatorships, many works by Latin American artists have tried to express in various ways the collective pain and social lacerations caused by the policies of kidnapping and mass disappearance. On the one hand, in fact, this media practice of memory is mainly based on an aestheticization of absence, or rather a reflection dedicated to the space emptied by the presence of a body. On the other hand, creative strategies to deal with cultural trauma aim to politically denounce denial of burial as a means used to perpetuate the state of terror over time. The annihilation of the victim's body and the obstruction of the funeral rite lead family members to experience the private image as if it were the only tool to celebrate their mourning. In other words, the same indical nature of the photograph corroborates the value of relic placed in a portrait, which cannot be placed on the grave of the dear extinct. At the same time, this social practice keeps alive the desire to rumanize the victim in the face of the possibility, even remote, that only a few fragmentary remains of it remain. Through the analysis of four cases, each based on the reuse and recontextualization of family photos - Buena Memoria by Marcelo Brodsky (1996); Arqueología de la ausencia by Lucila Quieto (2000-2001); Ausenc'asdi Gustavo Germano (2006), Fotos tuyas by Inés Ulanovky (2006) - we will try to understand how the aesthetics of the private / family literally translates into the representation of a traumatic and violent past.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Figures of absence. The private image against the policies of forced disappearance
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationFotografia e culture visuali del XXI secolo
EditorsL. Marmo E. Menduni
Pages203-215
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • cultura visuale
  • dittatura
  • fotografia
  • immagine privata

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