Archive of Oblivion 3° Block

Cecilia Hurtado

2019 - Ongoing

This project is about exploring ways that show how oblivion influences photography and the access to historic archives. In the different ways that oblivion works, is the block type that this compilation is about, and is when the brain tries to recover or codify information, but another memory interferes, one type of blocking is the one called “memory inhibition”. Inevitably, this is referred to the Freudian term of repression, which involves a psychological defense mechanism linked to the attempts that exclude emotional threatening memories to the conscious knowledge. Recent studies have proved that individuals considered “repressors” have less negative remembrances that the ones considered “no repressors”. Looking at the idea of history as a sequence of events, I’m interested to work about the logic to extermination implemented by military dictatorships. Also, find fundamental to my creative process, the research and recovering of images about a violent event through the archive, but above that, the difficulty to access to it, like the recently declassified documents by the CIA in Chile or the documents kept by the government about the dirty war in Mexico (1972-79), opened to the public since 2002 in the National Archive, as a result of fragmented memories and incomplete facts. In this selection of interventions in historic archive images I worked with multiple sources from Chile, Mexico and Germany. The obstruction with paint dots and screening of the image is a representation of violence in the historic event and in the process to use the archive itself.

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