La práctica artística en contextos de dramas sociales

Ileana Diéguez


Using various examples of contemporary installation art, this essay explores questions
of social practices, liminality, absence, and mourning. Borrowing theories from Didi-
Huberman, Victor Turner, Jesús Martín-Barbero, Giorgio Agamben, and others, the author
discusses the role of imágenes de crisis created by artists such as Doris Salcedo, Erika Diettes,
Teresa Margolles, and Ambra Polidori in providing a site for mourning within a setting of
extreme social conflict and disintegration. In places where disappearance is the norm, things
like clothing and personal belongings perform a metonymic function in conveying the agonistic
relation between image and absence. Turner’s notions of social drama and liminality, in
particular, provide a paradigm that allows us to reevaluate the relationship that forms among
rite, culture, and art during times of intense social disequilibrium. (JEB, article in Spanish)

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Latin American Theatre Review. ISSN 0023-8813.
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