“Phantom Pain: From Absence Dearest Memories Are Born” presented by Azaola


Session Title:

  • Emancipation and Pain (Short Papers)

Presentation Title:

  • Phantom Pain: From Absence Dearest Memories Are Born




  • Phantom Pain is a creative practice research project addressing the extinction of indigenous languages as a consequence of the marginalization of ethnic groups. Specifically, this project focuses on the history of Sirionó people in Bolivia, and how their struggle to maintain its language, almost on the verge of extinction, can be related to physical trauma if society is understood organically as a body. Seeking to mirror the speed, inevitability and impact of language loss, document conservation and restoration techniques were reversed in order to accelerate the destruction of the artwork itself.

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