Síntomas de la Historia. Una Construcción Imaginaria

This piece completes the intervention in Santiago and delves into the concepts of history and hysteria as paradigmatic notions of the account of an event.

History constructs its narratives with the pretence of historical objectivity of facts, seeking to establish public truths and a consensus concerning what the citizens experience. Hysteria corresponds to an anomalous subjective narrative because it uses somatisation as language.

The piece takes as fact the theft and restitution of the books between Peru and Chile, intervening in the Peruvian institution involved in this event. The piece encodes the historical fact in a monolithic volume of books-as-objects which creates an aesthetic form and conserves the discourses turned into words.The virtual space, made by the silicon-coated threads with the figures of hysterical women, creates the illusion of a changeable and illusory shape that corresponds to natural forms, and dialogues with the architectural space of the room.

The four documents exhibited reveal the tension between the public historical narrative and the private confessions of people linked to this event.

Síntomas de la Historia- Una Construcción Imaginaria

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Biblioteca Nacional del Perú
  • Síntomas de la Historia. Una construcción imaginaria (Symptoms of History. An imaginary construction)
    Volume made of piled up books, volume made from printed figures of women having hysteria attacks and silicon-coated thread, and 4 laser printout documents
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