Sometimes I bleed . .

July 2011
Journal of War & Culture Studies;July2011, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p127
Academic Journal
This article addresses the manner in which the suffering body, in both its objective physicality and its subjective 'virtuality', can symbolize the experience of war. Situated within a conceptual framework that resonates between philosophy, art history and visual art practice, the article embodies an interrelation between nonconventional written text and a visual 'text' constituted by the author's drawings. The drawings themselves, primarily executed in ink and graphite, are indebted to the 'Disasters ofWar' series of etchings by Goya, and are the creative result of appropriations of cultural responses to war, including cinematic and photographic sources, written and oral histories, and poetry. The intention is to create a form of Deleuzean assemblage wherein text cannot be confined to exposition because in the dialectic between verbal and visual the aim is not to represent the suffering body in the manner of illustration, nor to elicit or express what it might feel like to witness suffering; the aim is to represent suffering itself.


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