The Politics of the Scream in a Threnody

Gustavo Chirolla Ospina

in Deleuze and Contemporary Art

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638376
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652662 | DOI:
The Politics of the Scream in a Threnody

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This chapter argues that the question of the relation of modern art to the people has changed, and that the artist has ceased to address or invoke the people as a ‘constituted force’. It suggests that this will remain the case for contemporary art until the invocation of the people is recognized as the reproduction of a consensus. The chapter analyses Colombian artist Clemencia Echeverri's video installation entitled Treno, and observes a ‘scream’ lamenting the forced disappearances happening in Colombia and a collective voice singing the names of the dead thrown into the waters of the Cauca River.

Keywords: modern art; people; consensus; Clemencia; Echeverri; video installation; Treno; forced disappearances; Cauca River

Chapter.  6907 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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