Nº5 2020 (2)

Ways of Coming Home. Affective Cartographies, Memory and Visuality

Tayri Paz García (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Jochen Vivallo (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

Memory, space, ways to understand that space: images, words, cinema. This audiovisual essay starts addressing the Chilean accent and ends up talking about a Chilean film. Both the beginning and the ending are crossed by maps of the city: the place of origin of the narrator in this intimate and personal essay, which nevertheless presents several vanishing points towards political violence, exile, belonging, personal identity and national identity.

This audiovisual essay approaches its content from a personal perspective that is parallel to the film El otro día, directed by the Chilean filmmaker Ignacio Agüero. But instead of exposing the characteristics and ideas behind Agüero’s work, it approaches it from a personal place, sideways. The narrator of this essay is Chilean, son of exiles from Pinochet’s dictatorship, speaking freely about some of his experiences in Santiago (the city that is wonderfully drawn on Agüero’s work) and that, just like the characters in his films, is an imaginary and real creature at the same time, existing in literature and films, but also in history.

Using archival material, found footage and contemporary images, this work reflects on the influence of space in the subject: how it shapes him and how he maneuvers through it. If Ignacio Agüero uses cartography to talk about space, this audiovisual essay does it from experience.

How to cite this article: García, T.P. and Vivallo, J. (2020) Formas de volver a casa. Cartografías afectivas, memoria y visualidad / Ways of Coming Home. Affective Cartographies, Memory and Visuality. Tecmerin. Revista de Ensayos Audiovisuales, 5(2). ISSN: ISSN: 2659-4269

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