By way of documentaries and essay films, this series sets forth different ways of approaching memory to explore the different zones of conflict between subjectivity and politics; between militancy and revolutions; between critical sexualities and gender transformations; between memory and democracy; between social defiance, constituent drives and tasks to reinvent the present.
Argentina, Chile and Spain all share the historical experience of enduring the turmoil of dictatorships, their traumatic memories seeping into individual and collective biographies exposed to military terror, censorship and repression, torture, disappearances and exile. This series, therefore, puts forward different exercises to avoid memory becoming stuck in the past, upon recalling or denouncing, whilst also exploring the temporary strata teeming with cracks, bifurcations and nooks. It is in this set of essays and documentaries where gazes mindful of the furrows of history and the creases of memory converge: inquisitive and creative memory that transcends the monumental format to penetrate fragmented narratives, fields of peripheral vision, in corporeal and affective micro-territories of wounded identities that permit doubt and estrangement as part of the reconfiguration of historical and personal memory. The programme is also traversed by a reflexive gaze, understood from the double meaning referred to by theorist Ana Amado: “Reflexive through the tendency to incorporate elements of filmic language into representation and, also, through an appeal to the critical judgement of the spectator, less conditioned by the simple sentimental or emotional identification with narrated events”.
Some of the sessions in the series are presented by members of the Politics and Aesthetics of Memory Chair’s study group, who have met regularly over the last two years under the coordination of Nelly Richard.