In this conversation, Liminaria's curator Leandro Pisano introduces the work of Luz María Sánchez, a Mexican artist and scholar who lives and works between Bergen and Barcelona.
In her work, she produces compositions and sound installations that trace counter-hegemonic narratives with respect to elements omitted or erased in narratives of power. Among the themes addressed by her works are the violence and silent deaths at the US-Mexico border and the reading of the gendered and racial nature of statistics as facts of a denounced truth.
The issues her practice explores are hard-hitting: innocent civilians caught in the line of fire, deaths while crossing borders, forced disappearances, militarisation of public space, silence as a survival strategy and other acts of violence experienced by people whose daily life is affected by narco brutality.
In this sense, Luz María Sánchez uses sound to convey narratives, violence and emotions that words cannot express on their own.
In San Martino Valle Caudina - where this lecture was recorded last July 29th, 2022, at the Giardini del Palazzo Ducale, during Interferenze - Liminaria Festival - the artist asked a few trigger questions, central to her practice:
• How do we narrate extreme violence without succumbing to its necropolitical impact?
• How to make the invisible visible, how to make the unheard audible?
• What aesthetic and investigative strategies have creators from Latin America and other post-colonial environments developed to talk about experiences of violence?
• What ethical and artistic challenges do we face?
• How do these practices intervene in the social imagination, for example, of justice?
• What kind of counter-knowledge do we produce in the process?