Performing Human Rights

Contested Amnesia and Aesthetic Practices in the Global South

Edited by Liliana Gómez

Performing Human Rights

Edited by Liliana Gómez

Distributed for Diaphanes

304 pages | 25 color plates, 30 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 3/4
Paper $50.00 ISBN: 9783035802610 Will Publish May 2021 N/F/S Belgium, France & Luxembourg
PDF $50.00 ISBN: 9783035802627 Will Publish May 2021 N/F/S Belgium, France & Luxembourg
The invisibilization of political violence, its material traces, and spatial manifestations, characterizes conflict and post-conflict situations. Yet, artists, writers, and human rights activists increasingly seek to challenge this invisibility, contesting the related historical amnesia through counter-semantics and dissonant narratives. Adopting “performance” as a concept that is defined by repetitive, aesthetic practices—such as speech and bodily habits through which both individual and collective identities are constructed and perceived—this collection addresses various forms of performing human rights in transitional situations in Spain, Latin America, and the Middle East. Bringing scholars together with artists, writers, and curators, and working across a range of disciplines, Performing Human Rights addresses these instances of omission and neglect, revealing how alternate institutional spaces and strategies of cultural production have intervened in the processes of historical justice and collective memory.
 
Contents
PERFORMING HUMAN RIGHTS
Contested Amnesia and Aesthetic Practices in the Global South
 
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
  1. Liliana Gómez: Performing human rights. An introduction
 
  1. BETWEEN LAW AND THE WRITING OF HISTORY
 
  1. Zahira Aragüete Toribio: Epistemic encounters amidst impunity: forensic investigations of mass crimes in Post-Franco Spain
  2. Vikki Bell: Taking the risk of images, after all: between form and formlessness at the Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos, ex-ESMA, Argentina
  3. Liliana Gómez: Beyond the courtroom: on dust, haunting, and the archive
 
  1. FORENSIC AESTHETICS AND POLITICS OF MEMORY
 
  1. Friederike Pannewick: The poetics and politics of the body in pain. Sinan Antoon’s novel The Corpse Washer
  2. Elena Rosauro: To speak of the silence of a country. An approach to Spanish contemporary artistic practices related to history and memory
  3. Stephenie Young: Boundary-aesthetics: obscured scenographies of violence at the U.S./Mexican Border
 
  1. PERFORMING HUMAN RIGHTS
 
  1. Joscelyn Jurich: Performing karama: Abounaddara’s emergency cinema in theory and praxis
  2. Pauline Bachmann: The subversive potential of opacity: Poema/processo and 3Nós3’s artistic strategies during Brazil’s military dictatorship
  3. Dorota Sajewska: Performing periphery or the ambivalence of demodernization. Notes on Artur Żmijewski’s film Glimpse
 
  1. POSTSCRIPTUM
  1. Uriel Orlow: Letter from Lubumbashi
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