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Pauline Bachmann: The Subversive Potential of Opacity:
The Subversive Potential of Opacity: "poema/processo" and "3Nós3’s" Artistic Strategies during Brazil’s Military Dictatorship
(p. 297 – 326)

Pauline Bachmann

The Subversive Potential of Opacity: "poema/processo" and "3Nós3’s" Artistic Strategies during Brazil’s Military Dictatorship

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  • performance
  • violence
  • politics
  • Think Art
  • justice
  • collective memory
  • Human rights

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Pauline Bachmann

is currently a SNSF-funded visiting researcher at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and an associated postdoctoral research fellow of the SNF-Project Contested Amnesia and Dissonant Narratives in the Global South at the University of Zurich. In 2018–2019 she was a postdoctoral researcher with her own research project on experimental poetry in Southern Cone Latin America. She received her PhD in May 2017 in Portuguese Literature from the University of Zurich, published as Pure Leiblichkeit. Brasiliens Neokonkretismus (1957–1967) (Peter Lang, 2019).
Liliana Gómez (ed.): Performing Human Rights

The invisibilization of political violence, its material traces and spatial manifestations, characterize (post)conflict situations. Yet counter-semantics and dissonant narratives that challenge this invisibility have been articulated by artists, writers, and human rights activists that increasingly seek to contest the related historical amnesia. 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 (Susan Slyomovics)—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.


With contributions by Zahira Aragüete-Toribio, Pauline Bachmann, Vikki Bell, Liliana Gómez, Joscelyn Jurich, Uriel Orlow, Friederike Pannewick, Elena Rosauro, Dorota Sajewska, Stephenie Young.