• Edwin Culp deposited Landscapes of Disappearance in the group Group logo of Film-PhilosophyFilm-Philosophy on Humanities Commons 2 years, 11 months ago

    I analyze the strategies used in Patricio Guzman’s Nostalgia for the Light (Nostalgia de la luz 2010), Enrique Buchichio’s Behind the Truth (Zanahoria 2014) and Nicolas Pereda’s Summer of Goliath (Verano de Goliath 2010) to expose the political uses of landscape images in concealing and reconstructing forced disappearances and the violence surrounding them. I set these films against 19th century paintings by Jose Maria Velasco in Mexico, Alejandro Ciccarelli in Chile, Ricardo Borrero in Colombia and Juan Manuel Blanes in Uruguay, which present the territories of the young nations stripped from the struggles and the heroes that brought them to independence; and are instead tamed by the gaze of the painter, showing their land as ready to be exploited. Their contrast makes for a montage of the ways territory, extraction and repressive violence has crossed Latin American history for the last 150 years.