Von Karin Hinterleitner am 31. Mai 2005 um 17:06

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Camouflage Comics: Dirty War Images

"I have more memories in myself alone than all men have had since the
world was a world" - Jorge Luis Borges in “Funes, the Memorious.”

On Thursday 19 May 2005, the website Camouflage Comics
(http://www.camouflagecomics.com) was officially launched at the ABK,
the Academy of Fine Arts (Maastricht, the Netherlands). The web project
was made at the Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht, by Aarnoud Rommens and
Ingrid Stojnic (Rekall Design). This website deals with issues of visual
narration, censorship, human rights, comics and remembrance in the
context of the Argentine military dictatorship of 1976-83.

The comics and illustrations featured on Camouflage Comics are all new;
they were made between 2002 and 2005. However, there is a strange
continuity between these comics and the handful of what one could call
"critical avant-garde" comics published during or around the time of
the military regime, by such pioneers as Alberto Breccia, Carlos Trillo,
Hector Oesterheld, and others. Indeed, the two parallel timelines cannot
be clearly separated. On the contrary, they continuously intersect,
urging us to interpret the 'new' in light of the 'old' - and vice
versa.

The "dirty war" of 1976-83 still informs the "structures of feeling"
of Argentine society at this very moment. This project is a reflection
of/on this, on how the junta had affected and how it still,
posthumously, produces after-effects in the shaping of discourse, arts,
and social memory - the "hearts and minds" of contemporary Argentine
society if you will. Camouflage Comics: Dirty War Images can be read as
a specific manifestation of this memory-work; it is a space intended for
the ongoing visual and verbal reflection on the legacies of a (recent)
past.

Aarnoud Rommens
Jan van Eyck Academie
Theory Department
Academieplein 1
6211 KM Maastricht - Netherlands
t home +32 (0)56 360.364


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