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The theft of the goddess Amba Mata: Ontological location and Georges Bataille’s bas matérialisme

Author(s): Deborah L. Stein
Type: journal article
Publication: Res
Status: Live|Last updated:March 5, 2021 12:35 PM
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The Tenacity of Memory: Art in the Aftermath of Atrocity

In this wide-ranging essay, Bernardi explores personal and artistic responses to state violence. Marking the limits of memory in witnessing the past, she argues for a complex understanding of memory as a mode of reclaiming the disappeared, as the foundation for consciousness building, and, when transmuted into material forms, as a means of witnessing. Bernardi conceptualizes artistic creation as fulfilling multiple roles in witnessing, and as an exchange that demands both speech and recognition. An artistic response to atrocity, she writes, demonstrates an important form of listening to testimonials of atrocity; in turn, that demonstration invites both members and observers into rituals of commemoration. Such rituals, she argues, can provide the foundation for rebuilding trust and understanding in communities that have been damaged by state violence.

Author(s): Claudia Bernardi
Type: book chapter
Publication: Witnessing Torture
Status: Live|Last updated:December 3, 2019 1:41 PM
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