The Political Effect of Tenderness in <em>Buena Memoria</em> by Marcelo Brodsky
ResumenIf “cruelty is the failure of tenderness,” as the Argentine psychoanalyst Fernando Ulloa stated, then the photographic essay Buena memoria (Good Memory) by Marcelo Brodsky fights cruelty. Although the two main protagonists of the book are two political activists (Fernando and Martín), Buena memoria is not the story of an ideological struggle, of the reasons why they died, or of the violence they faced. On the contrary, the book resists violence and that is the political effect of its tenderness.
Many of the testimonies of people who were kidnapped and tortured during the dictatorship talk about the process of dehumanization that they had to suffer. Buena memoria is able to go against that basic mechanism of State terrorism; it is an alternative that combats violence in the emotional dimension. How does one stand against dehumanization but through humanization, by promoting identification with life, with the human condition? What could be more diametrically opposed to an act of violence that an act of tenderness?
This paper argues that Buena memoria works in this sense, purging the acts and images of violence with acts and pictures of affection, attachment, sympathy, friendship. Martín and Fernando presences are relocated, re-signified.
GRACIANO, Mariana. The Political Effect of Tenderness in Buena Memoria by Marcelo Brodsky. A Contracorriente: una revista de estudios latinoamericanos, [S.l.], v. 14, n. 3, p. 248-266, mayo 2017. ISSN 1548-7083. Disponible en: <https://acontracorriente.chass.ncsu.edu/index.php/acontracorriente/article/view/1501>. Fecha de acceso: 24 nov. 2017
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Brodsky; Dictatorship; Latin American Politics; Democratic Transition; Affects