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This booklet investigates the position that the visible and appearing arts play in our adventure and figuring out of the prior. increasing upon longstanding issues in cultural background concerning the relation of textual content and photo, the booklet highlights the excellence among enactive and cognitive reminiscence and the consequences of this for artists and their publics.

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I wanted to assert emphatically that, for us, who were not here but there, in those towns, political theater is not a fashion but a necessity. In a “Third World” country, theater cannot be an innocent act concerned only with fictitious characters, props, and rehearsals. Theater is political, whether it reproduces or counteracts the repressive environment that informs it. Although I was not born in Colombia, my voice, as La Maestra’s voice, is also coming from the cemetery, because, in a way, I was also born there in that town and the slow moving river of red clay took me .

Neither could this chapter have been written without the fine work of all the cast in the non-profit, student production of Buenaventura’s play. The performance was directed by Alejandra Medellín with Rita Amisano, Kesten Broughton, Pryde Foltz, Luisa Jojic, Warren Linds, Steve Noble, Kadi Purru, and Carmel Sammut. Notes 1 Association of Canadian Theatre Research (ACTR), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 1998. The title of this text was the title of our performance. 2 Mark Taylor and Esa Saarinen, Imagologies (New York: Routledge, 1994), vol.

30 Taussig, Shaminism, 4–5. 31 Ibid. 32 John Caputo, Against Ethics: Contribution to a Poetics of Obligation with Constant Reference to Deconstruction (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1993). 36 3 TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES Art in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Stephanie Marlin-Curiel As citizens of the “new” South Africa, we cannot afford to invest in placebo cures to the past. We need to explore our consciences and our complicity with recent history, deconstructing the legacies of apartheid.

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